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Sat May 25, 2013, 01:51 AM May 2013

Signs of Volcanic Activity at Bottom of Clear Lake

When you think of volcanoes erupting, you probably think of Hawaii, or Mount Saint Helens in Washington State or even Lassen peak sending a plume of volcanic rock and ash over Red Bluff in 1915.

But in Lake County, there are hints of volcanic activity on a smaller scale. You’ve likely heard of long quiet Mount Konocti, but volcanic gas belching from the bowels of the Earth through the waters of Clear Lake are signs potential volcanic activity in Northern California isn’t close to done.

“The groundwater circulates underground and if there is hot magma below the surface that will heat the water up and create geothermal activity,” Lydia Fox, Ph.D., a geology professor at the University of the Pacific told FOX40.

It’s not a man-made special effect, but rather side effects from activity on the world famous San Andreas fault. The heavily wooded hills around Clear Lake are some of the most seismically active in the Golden State, recording hundreds of earthquakes a year.


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Signs of Volcanic Activity at Bottom of Clear Lake (Original Post) RandySF May 2013 OP
A hundred little quakes aren't nearly as much bother as one big one. dimbear May 2013 #1
Maybe you should mention your state in the title. Shrike47 May 2013 #2
There was a big quake near Lassen last night XemaSab May 2013 #3


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1. A hundred little quakes aren't nearly as much bother as one big one.
Sat May 25, 2013, 01:58 AM
May 2013

And that volcanic activity is what keeps our geothermal power plants chugging away.

Pretty things in the winter, with their steam plumes.

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