View Full Version : Will Mt. St. Helens Blow again?

09-28-2004, 07:54 AM
So the past week Mt. St. Helens has had all kinds of tremors, same that happened during the last dome building in the early 90's. Here is the link to local news coverage (http://www.katu.com/) and direct to the seismograph report (http://www.pnsn.org/WEBICORDER/GREEN/SEP_EHZ_UW.2004092712.html). Here's where I grew up and where my parents still live. (http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?country=US&countryid=US&addtohistory=&sear chtab=address&searchtype=address&address=&city=Amb oy&state=WA&zipcode=&search=++Search++) If you click to the upper right of the map you'll see we're pretty close. Wolfdancer is also just a little ways away. It blew northeast the last time, but we were still covered in ash.

09-28-2004, 09:45 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote UWPoolGod:</font><hr> ...Here's where I grew up and where my parents still live....<hr /></blockquote>


Did you see it blow the last time or were you too young?

09-28-2004, 10:04 AM
I was too young about 1 yr 11 mo. at the time. Can still go outside, dig in the dirt, and find ash. They had about 1/2 inch at the house afterwards. Always remember watching a video of it that was a compilation of all the mud flows, blown over trees, buried houses. Crazy. We visited the mud flow for a school field trip and bark was ripped off the trees 30' up. Thats alot of mud/water.

Still go fishing every year around The Muddy wash out and walk down the wide rocky stream where the flow went. Go out into the new forest of alders and up against a washed out hill side you can find a portion of the old steel/concrete bridge that was washed out. Just waiting to corrode/wear away with time.

I always liked things like that. Old abandoned farmhouses, rickety rotten fences, huge tree stumps that were bow sawed in the early 1900's. Just know that someone was there a long time ago and now you are there at the same spot for a different reason. Maybe its me.

09-28-2004, 10:17 AM
Pre-eruption pic-

Eruption pic-

Post eruption pic -

09-28-2004, 10:21 AM
Todd, I was in college in e-burg when it blew. Most of the ash came our way. It was really something. It was dark outside for the whole day. Just like nighttime. LOl, I'd partied the night before, and when I got up at 10, I thought I'd slept through the whole day!

We all put bandannas over our faces and rode our bikes around town. It was surreal. In the Albertson's store, everything was gray. The floor, the shelves, the produce, everything. It was like living in a black and white movie.

We got about 3 or 4 inches of ash. It was everywhere. The cops put these air filters from semi-trucks on their cars to protect the engines. Great big chrome cans hanging off the front bumpers.

All the way down I-90 in eastern washington, from Ellensburg to Spokane, huge piles of ash on each side of the highway, 30 feet high for 150 miles. There was nowhere to put it, so they just piled it up alongside the road.

I don't think we're going to see anything like that again, but it might go back into a dome-building mode. Small eruptions like in 1981, plumes a few thousand feet high, and maybe some small lava flows, but nothing really dramatic.

09-28-2004, 10:22 AM
Pretty cool information site about the 1980 eruption (http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Volcanoes/MSH/May18/framework.html) ..


09-28-2004, 10:41 AM
That's cool man. I remember seeing vidoes of snowplows pushing piles of ash everywhere, people walking around with masks over their mouths.

Devestation pics (http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Volcanoes/MSH/Images/may18_devastation.html)

"View south along west arm of Spirit Lake to the decapitated Mount St. Helens in 1983. Part of the gigantic landslide (debris avalanche) that removed the former summit swept entirely through Spirit Lake (hummock in foreground), causing a tsunami to sweep as high as 250 meters (820 feet) above the lake.
-- USGS/CVO Photo 1983 "


09-28-2004, 10:43 AM
It wasn't really dark around here but the ash cloud kept the sun from shining for a few days. More like a haze.

09-28-2004, 01:10 PM
My ex girlfriend lived in Yakima when it blew. Pitch black, she told me the story, not that it was needed, it was all over the news. In a few minutes your car air filter would be plugged.


09-28-2004, 01:41 PM
Mondays's seismic readings:


Tuesdays seismic readings so far:


09-28-2004, 01:50 PM
I remember watching the news when it blew. It was amazing and I was awestruck, just watching the force of nature was a sight to behold.


09-29-2004, 09:53 AM
Well the dome has supposedly moved about an inch and a half. They've had some of the bigget quakes yet in the past 1/2 day. So something may occur, surely nothing as big as 1980 but maybe a few little plumes.

09-29-2004, 01:27 PM
Ya never know, mother earth is still real hot inside. I'm not sure that sounds right, but nothing like a hot woman. Not mad hot, just hot. LOL


09-29-2004, 01:54 PM
Well they raised the warning level to 3 out of 4 saying that there will be an eruption in a few days. Was thinking of visiting friend in Seattle this weekend but maybe I'll stick around to sightsee.

09-29-2004, 02:30 PM
Well, I hope you and your folks come out unscathed. Same goes for highsea and wolfdancer and any other CCB poster living in the affected areas. Wolfdancer has been through plenty in the past year, like he needs this, too.

Be Safe!!

Barbara~~~swimming out of the 4 inches Jeanne dropped on us... /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif

09-29-2004, 11:15 PM
Thar she blows!! ha ha Really I hope it just birps, nothing serious. Mother nature can be devistating.


09-30-2004, 09:44 AM
Geeettiiinnn Biiiggeeerrrr LOL. Definitely gonna check it out if it does spit a little.


10-01-2004, 01:45 PM
Thar she blowss....what a gyp. I wait all week in anticipation of a small to medium eruption and I have to be in Eugene, OR on business when it happens. By the time I got back into sight it had all blown away. Lame. Oh well they are still keeping a close eye on it. Oh well still cool to see the pics.

10-01-2004, 02:14 PM
It hardly qualifies to be called an eruption, more like a belch. Geez, I was hoping for something a little more spectacular. /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

They get our hopes all up, then pffft...


Most of the vulcanologists are saying that was all she had, and will settle back down. No magma, no ash, not even a decent boom. boring.... /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

10-01-2004, 04:53 PM
How spectacular do you want it? About 3000 feet!! Got an idea, why don't you hike dow in there and see what the deal is? Ask for a blow job while your there!! LoL


10-02-2004, 07:25 PM
Well Todd, she's still a-grumbling! They upped the alert again today and evacuated the observatory. [ QUOTE ]
U.S. Warns of Big Mount St. Helens Blast

U.S. Scientists Warn That Another Mount St. Helens Eruption Could Be Imminent and Destructive

SEATTLE Oct. 2, 2004 Government scientists raised the alert level Saturday for Mount St. Helens after its second steam eruption in two days was followed by a powerful tremor. They said the next blast was imminent or in progress, and could threaten life and property in the remote area near the volcano.

Hundreds of visitors at the building closest to the volcano Johnston Ridge Observatory five miles away were asked to leave. They went quickly to their cars and drove away, with some relocating several miles north to Coldwater Ridge Visitors Center.

The volcano alert of Mount St. Helens was raised to Level 3, which "indicates we feel an eruption is imminent, or is in progress," said U.S. Geological Survey geologist Tom Pierson from the observatory.

The growing consensus among scientists is that new magma is probably entering the volcano's upper levels, possibly bringing with it volatile gases that could lead to eruptions, said Bill Steele at the University of Washington's seismic laboratory in Seattle.

"We're in an eruptive period where there's a potential hazard," Steele said.

Scientists said that although the risks were growing larger, they did not expect anything approaching the volcano's devastating May 18, 1980, eruption, which killed 57 people and coated much of the Northwest with ash.<hr /></blockquote>


10-04-2004, 08:31 AM
Yep..she's a bulgin'. Gonna blow a little bigger at some point.