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Friday, September 23, 2005

Another Disaster In The Making?

A couple thousand miles away from Rita, another nasty lady, Mt. St. Helens, has been making noise. This photo of Mt. St. Helen's is live and updated every five minutes. Here's the link. Nighttime readers, come back at daylight.

The US Geological Survey has put the volcano at Condition Orange:
Current status is Volcano Advisory (Alert Level 2); aviation color code ORANGE: Growth of the new lava dome inside the crater of Mount St. Helens continues, accompanied by low rates of seismicity, low emissions of steam and volcanic gases, and minor production of ash. 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 could suddenly descend the Toutle River if triggered by heavy rain or by interaction of hot rocks with snow and ice. These lahars pose a negligible hazard below the Sediment Retention Structure (SRS) but could pose a hazard along the river channel upstream. (Italicized emphasis added)