Magma rises in Mount St. Helen’s volcano

In 1980 the volcano located in Seattle, Washington tragically killed 57 people. It caused over a billion dollars in property damage. The US geological survey said that “The magma reservoir beneath Mount St. Helens has been slowly re-pressurizing since 2008” and that “it is likely that re-pressurization is caused by (the) arrival of a small amount of additional magma 4 to 8 km (2.5 to 5 miles) beneath the surface.” The USGS says that this is normal for an active volcano, and that it is not expected to erupt anytime soon.

Visitors to the Coldwater Ridge Center in Wash. watch Mount St. Helens venting steam, Oct. 11, 2004.

Gillian Peters




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