Friday, September 24, 2004

Grumbles from the Grave?

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Mount St. Helens is grumbling again, but seismologists seem to be singularly unimpressed. Hundreds of tiny earthquakes have been felt, starting last night, but most weren't even magnitude 0 on the Richter scale. According to state seismologist Tony Qamar, "It's not a major hazard, [but at] this point we want to be cautious. I wouldn't recommend going into the crater today."

The quakes may be the result of heavy autumn rains seeping into the rocks, and being heated into steam.

Mount St. Helens last erupted on May 18, 1980, killing 57 people, and devastating hundreds of square miles.


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