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Mount St. Helens Erupts, Spewing Steam, Ash Into Washington State Sky
Fox News ^ | December 19, 2006 | Staff

Posted on 12/19/2006 8:35:18 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger

NEW YORK — Mt. St. Helens awoke Tuesday afternoon with a mild eruption, spewing a plume of steam and ash into the Washington State sky.

The event was most probably was caused by growth of the new lava dome inside the crater, experts said.

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 — a debris flow — could suddenly descend the Toutle River if triggered by heavy rain or by interaction of hot rocks with snow and ice, experts said.

Under current conditions, small, short-lived explosions may produce ash clouds that exceed 30,000 feet in altitude, meaning commercial aircraft are being warned to avoid the area.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Miscellaneous; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: eruption; lava; mountsthelens
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Could have local cooling effects, and affect climate change worldwide if this thing really blows again.

Link to Mt. St. Helens webcam which is no help at all in the night time, but you can take a look in the morning.

1 posted on 12/19/2006 8:35:20 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger
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To: DaveLoneRanger

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2 posted on 12/19/2006 8:37:16 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (Liberals: First to demand tolerance, last to practice it when conservatives disagree with them.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Sure hope there's no "greenhouse gasses" in those emissions. Hate to see the EPA have to try and serve a warrant on Mt. Saint Helens.


3 posted on 12/19/2006 8:43:17 PM PST by Steely Tom
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To: HairOfTheDog

Did you see this? Time for a vacation in Nevada :)


4 posted on 12/19/2006 8:45:42 PM PST by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Bush's fault and the eruption is certainly due to global warming. </sarcasm


5 posted on 12/19/2006 8:46:27 PM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Hurummmph...urrrrpppp!

Just Mother Nature clearing her NW USA esophagus.

Got to love volcanoes! They are supernovas on a terrestrial scale.


6 posted on 12/19/2006 9:13:05 PM PST by 43north (7 of 11 living things are insects. This explains liberals and islamofascists.)
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To: 43north

"Quick! To the top of Mount Wannahockaloogie!" - Finding Nemo


7 posted on 12/19/2006 9:14:39 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger ("I am here to fight evil and exchange good-natured barbs." - The Tick)
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To: The Great RJ

Looks like Bush&Rove decided to finally change direction and finally do something about global warming! haha.


8 posted on 12/19/2006 9:17:20 PM PST by cookcounty (The "Greatest Generation" was also the most violent generation.)
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To: Steely Tom

Damn mountain! Hasn't it heard of Kyoto?


9 posted on 12/19/2006 9:19:27 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
NEW YORK — Mt. St. Helens awoke Tuesday afternoon with a mild eruption, spewing a plume of steam and ash into the Washington State sky.

Actually basically nothing happened today at MSH. Completely routine daily update at the Cascades Volcano Observatory, same info they repeat day after day after day. The weather probably just made the steam plume more visible, and some idiot at Fox wandered by the website decided it was an "eruption."

10 posted on 12/19/2006 9:20:16 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Clearly this will cause global cooling which was caused by global warming
that was caused by the Bush administrations attempt to destroy the world.
11 posted on 12/19/2006 9:21:56 PM PST by MaxMax (God Bless America)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Looked like it was burping a bit this afternoon. So far, not much more than neat pics on the cam.


12 posted on 12/19/2006 9:28:55 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Oh, I thought you all were talking about Helen Thomas belching steam and gas in Washington DC. Sorry.


13 posted on 12/19/2006 9:44:02 PM PST by Overwatcher
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To: Overwatcher

LOL!


14 posted on 12/19/2006 9:44:55 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Overwatcher
All this talk about cracks and fissures, I just couldn't help myself.
15 posted on 12/19/2006 9:46:18 PM PST by hsrazorback1 (To get what you had, do what you did.)
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To: hsrazorback1

Oh, great! How am I supposed to fall asleep tonight now? Thanks a lot. Yecchhh!


16 posted on 12/19/2006 9:48:14 PM PST by Overwatcher
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To: 43north

They ought to blast a large hole in the mountainside in the direction away from the populated areas - to bleed the accumulated pressure.


17 posted on 12/19/2006 10:32:50 PM PST by GSlob
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To: Overwatcher

No, THAT Helen ain't no saint.


18 posted on 12/19/2006 10:40:06 PM PST by thulldud ("Para inglÚs, oprima el dos.")
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To: Strategerist

Plumes of steam and ash do NOT occur on a daily basis at MSH. You know nothing.


19 posted on 12/19/2006 10:40:15 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: BearWash; Strategerist
Plumes of steam and ash do NOT occur on a daily basis at MSH. You know nothing.

Actually, I agree with Strategerist...

This is nothing.. a little steam, a little ash, that's it..
Mt. St. Helens has been doing this on a regular basis since 2004..

I keep Mt. St. Helens at the top of my bookmarks, and I check the site daily, and have done so for the last 2 years..
It's the 1st site I check once I'm done checking my e-mail...

There's a "glow-plug" spot that often shows during the night, and plumes of steam and ash are regular occurrences..
There's the little scratch on the lens cover, and the occasional fly on the lens, ice and sleet obstructions, etc...
Same thing for the constant earthquake tremors, but you can't see them, and they are only mentioned peripherally unless you actually go check the seismic activity reports..

I checked the site out as soon as I saw reports of activity and saw nothing out of the ordinary.. ( compared to personally witnessed past events / activity )
I tend to agree that weather conditions and a slow news day have more to do with this event than any unusual volcanic event..

20 posted on 12/20/2006 12:27:33 AM PST by Drammach (Freedom... Not just a job, it's an adventure..)
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