American scientists are keeping a close check on volcanic activity in the Cascade Mountain Range, in the far north-west of the United States.
AV OVER Mount Baker (2 shots)
CU Aircraft door opening to enable infra-red photography
AV Aircraft flying over mountain
AV Crater of volcano
LV ZOOM IN ON Packed snow on side of volcano
AV Aircraft makes sweep over mountains
AV OVER Mountains (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "Mount Baker is one of ten major volcanoes in the Cascade Mountain range which stretches from British Columbia to northern California's Mount Lassin. Baker, the most active so far, is ninety miles north of Seattle, Washington, some fifteen miles from Canada. Scientists are using a specially equipped Oregon Army National Guard aircraft to make infra-red scans of the mountain every ten days, the aircraft also photographs Mount Baker every thirty days. Several so called "hot spots" have been detected, doubling the area of volcanic activity in the last year. However, the temperature of the mountain has not increased substantially. Now the major concern is over the melting snow packs and the increased run-off caused by the hot spots. The north-west is the only major area of volcanic activity in the United States, excluding Hawaii and Alaska. The last eruption recorded along the Cascade chain was from nineteen-fourteen to nineteen-twenty-two on Mount Lassin in northern California. Mount Baker itself last erupted in eighteen-fifty-six.
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REPORTER: STEVE SMITH
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Background: American scientists are keeping a close check on volcanic activity in the Cascade Mountain Range, in the far north-west of the United States.
The scientists are using a specially equipped Oregon Army National Guard aircraft to make infra-red scans of the mountains every ten days. The latest sweep took place on Sunday (3 August).
Mount Baker, one of ten major volcanoes in the chain, is receiving particular attention. It is the most active mountain so far, and lies ninety miles north of Seattle ... just 15 miles from Canada.
Several so called "hot-spots" have been detected and now the major concern centres around melting snow packs on the mountain's side and the increased run-off caused by the hot-spots.