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AP Carries Article that Mt St Helens May Explode

SEATTLE - A strengthening series of earthquakes at Mount St. Helens prompted seismologists Sunday to warn that the once-devastating volcano may see a small explosion soon.
SEATTLE - A strengthening series of earthquakes at Mount St. Helens prompted seismologists Sunday to warn that the once-devastating volcano may see a small explosion soon.



The U.S. Geological Survey (news - web sites) issued a notice of volcanic unrest in response to the swarm of hundreds of earthquakes that began Thursday.


"The key issue is a small explosion without warning. That would be the major event that we're worried about right now," said Willie Scott, a geologist with the USGS (news - web sites) office in Vancouver.


The quakes were tiny at first, but on Saturday and Sunday there were more than 10 temblors of magnitude 2.0 to 2.8, the most in a 24-hour period since the last dome-building eruption in October 1986, Scott said.


In the event of an explosion, Scott said the concern would be focused on the area within the crater and the flanks of the volcano. It's possible that a five-mile area primarily north of the volcano could receive flows of mud and rock debris.

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Note 26.Sep.2004 21:34

gk

Note, perhaps a "small" explosion will happen. Also, I hiked there yesterday. See "Hiking in the Mt. St. Helens foothills: Good for the Body and Soul." However, I don't think we knew the seismic readings were in a "2" on Saturday. I do hope the forces of nature are kind.

I want an explosion :) 27.Sep.2004 03:31

SkY

People have been predicting an explosion from Mount St. Helens for the past 3 years, maybe longer. I have to say I find natural disasters amazing, just as long as my animals, family, friends are safe. 2 years ago the earth quakes started and maybe they are getting worse, but now since it might be getting closer I want to go hiking there soon :)