The Big Wobble: Quakes near Mount St.Helens mean eruption inevitable U.S. Geological Survey seismologist
Quakes near Mount St.Helens mean eruption inevitable U.S. Geological Survey seismologist
It’s not if
but when and it is inevitable and with hundreds of mini quakes going off under
Mount St. Helens it could be sooner rather than later!
swarm of more than 120 earthquakes near Mount St. Helens — all below a
magnitude 0.5 — comes as a reminder to scientists and residents alike that
while the volcano has been relatively “well-behaved” recently,
another eruption is inevitable. Our news partners at the Columbian recently got
in touch with scientists who study, in part, the volcano and the land beneath
it. To them, these quakes are a window into what’s going on underground, and
can be helpful for directing further research. “Each of these little
earthquakes is a clue and a reminder we are marching toward an eruption
someday,” said Weston Thelen, a U.S. Geological Survey seismologist with
the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, as reported in the Columbian.