Skip to comments.Mount St. Helens Erupts, Spewing Steam, Ash Into Washington State Sky
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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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.
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.
Did you see this? Time for a vacation in Nevada :)
Bush's fault and the eruption is certainly due to global warming. </sarcasm
Just Mother Nature clearing her NW USA esophagus.
Got to love volcanoes! They are supernovas on a terrestrial scale.
"Quick! To the top of Mount Wannahockaloogie!" - Finding Nemo
Looks like Bush&Rove decided to finally change direction and finally do something about global warming! haha.
Damn mountain! Hasn't it heard of Kyoto?
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."
Looked like it was burping a bit this afternoon. So far, not much more than neat pics on the cam.
Oh, I thought you all were talking about Helen Thomas belching steam and gas in Washington DC. Sorry.
Oh, great! How am I supposed to fall asleep tonight now? Thanks a lot. Yecchhh!
They ought to blast a large hole in the mountainside in the direction away from the populated areas - to bleed the accumulated pressure.
No, THAT Helen ain't no saint.
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..