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[Photo: Lassen Peak]

The eruption of Lassen Peak in 1915 unleashed torrential mudflows—always a threat when hot volcanic material falls on snow-and ice-covered slopes. Triggered by large amounts of melt water, mudflows travel swiftly downslope, inundating valleys and low-lying areas. For most of the snow-capped Cascade Range volcanoes, mudflows pose the greatest danger to nearby communities.

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