Mount Saint Helens Eruption Could Cause Catastrophic Damage To The U.S.

Mount Saint Helens may be close to reawakening and scientists fear that the volcano, which is most notorious for its catastrophic eruption on May 18, 1980, is recharging due to activity in the volcano’s magma chamber. According to a Sep. 30 report from The Weather Channel, USGS revealed new technology to monitor the volcano’s activity and officials say they are seeing the precursors to eruption. “It looks like Mount St. Helens is getting ready to erupt again and it can happen in the order of years to decades,” Seth Moran, a USGS seismologist, explained to the Associated Press. When Mount St. Helens awoke to life in 1980, it was with one of the largest eruptions ever recorded in North America. Ash, gases and molten lava devastated nearby areas and claimed many lives. Since then, scientists have closely monitored the activity of the volcano, fearing that disaster will strike again. In September 2004, the mountain began to rumble again, producing eruptions which left ash scattered for miles. Thereafter, the lava escaped into the crater, and formed a dome that still continues to grow.

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