Scars on St. Helens

This photo captures part of the north face of the mountain that blew off laterally in the 1980 eruption. It was a hazy day (pollution?); the late afternoon sun lit the mountain, and the profile looked beautifully desolate.

mount st. helens, wa

The volcano is still active, simmering but potent. The report from May 19, 2007 (27 years plus one day after the last eruption):

Growth of the new lava dome inside the crater of Mount St. Helens continues, accompanied by low rates of seismicity, low emissions of steam and volcanic gases, and minor production of ash. During such eruptions, changes in the level of activity can occur over days to months. The eruption could intensify suddenly or with little warning and produce explosions that cause hazardous conditions within several miles of the crater and farther downwind. Small lahars could suddenly descend the Toutle River if triggered by heavy rain or by interaction of hot rocks with snow and ice. These lahars pose a negligible hazard below the Sediment Retention Structure (SRS) but could pose a hazard along the river channel upstream.

Mount St. Helens Current Update

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One Comment on “Scars on St. Helens”

  1. gerry rosser Says:

    I visited Mt. St. Helens after the eruption. I can’t recall exactly how soon, but they had made a passable road to a good viewing position. Incredible devastation. I recall it vividly.
    Did you know that there was no film or videotape of the eruption? None. Amazing.