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Old 05-19-2010, 08:03 PM
 
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Default Volcano Insurance in Seattle?

Volcano Insurance - is it laughable to get in Seattle? Does it even exist? What's the going rate?

What would be the threat or risk difference between say Federal Way, Renton, Bellevue, Seattle DT, Northern Suburbs? Does anybody know the projected eruption data?

Hopefully the thought is just poppycock in downtown at least, but I'm still curious what the vibe is on this since it is the Ring of Fire afterall (and with all the recent activity this year)

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Old 05-19-2010, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Duvall, WA
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I don't think there's such a thing, but I could be wrong. I'm also pretty sure that besides the ash cloud or whatever, Seattle would not be affected if Rainier blew. It's too far away. I think they said only the two little towns right at the base would have anything to worry about. There's a thread about Mt. Rainier erupting somewhere on this board. If I can find a link, I'll post it.

Here's the link to the other thread:

A silly question about volcanic activity in Seattle
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:13 PM
 
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If you are talking about homeowner insurance, check your policy. It might already be in there. I've never heard of a separate policy for volcanos, tornados, and hurricanes, although usually you have to purchase separate earthquake or flood insurance. I don't know why there is this distinction...
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:19 PM
 
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Seattle is more likely to be damaged by an Earthquake than a volcanic activity.

However, there are maps out there where should Mt. Rainier erupts, where the lahar would most likely flow... Tacoma's going to get some damage.

WA itself has 5 active volcanos.
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:26 PM
 
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See State Farm, for example:

Insurance and Volcano Damage

I don't think the lahar damage would be necessarily covered, though.


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If you are talking about homeowner insurance, check your policy. It might already be in there.
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Old 05-19-2010, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Auburn, WA
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I think they said only the two little towns right at the base would have anything to worry about
Depending on the eruption and beyond the shock to the regional economy, the whole south valley has something to worry about, including Puyallup, Sumner, Fife, Algona, Pacific, Auburn, etc., up to and including the Duwamish waterway and south Seattle

Here's a good article: The Super Flood - Page 2 - News - Seattle - Seattle Weekly

The extent of a lahar threat to Pierce County and Tacoma has been known for a while. But the peril lahars hold for Seattle is a relatively recent discovery. It wasn't until 1996 that geologists digging at the Port of Seattle's Terminal 107 on the Duwamish Waterway made a startling discovery. They found a layer of sand they recognized could only have come from Mount Rainier. They had already found similar sand near the Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn and beneath the Puyallup Fairgrounds. "We were amazed, just amazed," Pringle says.

All places have their hazards and it might affect if your comfort level if your looking a property in Graham or elsewhere, but it's nothing to panic about. Activity has been happening on this planet without us for eons and the earth will continue to do it's thing with us and our higher population.
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Old 05-19-2010, 09:55 PM
 
Location: WA
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If there's enough volcano damage that it destroys my house, collecting insurance money is going to be the least of my worries....
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Old 05-20-2010, 03:29 PM
 
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Excellent posts - thanks
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Old 05-21-2010, 09:35 AM
 
Location: West Coast Wanderer
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I don't think there's such a thing, but I could be wrong. I'm also pretty sure that besides the ash cloud or whatever, Seattle would not be affected if Rainier blew. It's too far away. I think they said only the two little towns right at the base would have anything to worry about. There's a thread about Mt. Rainier erupting somewhere on this board. If I can find a link, I'll post it.

Here's the link to the other thread:

A silly question about volcanic activity in Seattle
I wouldn't say that Seattle wouldn't be affected. From what I heard, some of the land inside Puget Sound was put there by Mt. Rainier.
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Old 05-22-2010, 08:18 PM
 
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Earthquakes are by far the bigger problem. Earthquake insurance can be had. But if you buy a brick house, you'll pay dearly for it.
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