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Giant Rock growing in Mt.St. Helen's crater

by Angeline Booher / May 5, 2006 8:25 AM PDT
SEATTLE, Washington (AP) -- If the skies are clear as forecast, volcano watchers who turn out for the reopening of the Johnston Ridge Observatory on Friday will get a spectacular view of a hulking slab of rock that's rapidly growing in Mount St. Helens' crater.
It's jutting up from one of seven lobes of fresh volcanic rock that have been pushing their way through the surface of the crater since October 2004.


http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/05/05/mountsthelens.ap/index.html

Looks like they are doing a good job re: monitoring it.

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KABOOOOM!
by James Denison / May 5, 2006 9:40 AM PDT

Probably happen some year soon.

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Fascinating!
by MarciaB / May 5, 2006 10:42 AM PDT

I have driven by and flown over Mt. St. Helen's many times. It isn't all that far to the North of us.

I was living here when it blew in May of 1980. We were lucky in regard to the fallout due to the wind blowing most of it East. There was only a light dusting of the ash seen here. Two months later I moved to Sheridan, in Northern Wyoming, and discovered that they had received much more than we did as they were more in the path.

It was an incredible display of Nature when that mountain erupted. They are wise to continue to keep a close watch. It has never been back to "sleep" since this time 26 years ago.

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Jar of Ash
by James Denison / May 5, 2006 1:19 PM PDT
In reply to: Fascinating!

My wife was living in Montana at the time where her father was stationed, it was a couple years before she and I met. She still has a mason jar full of ash that fell there from the Mt Saint Helen's explosion and eruption. It's a very fine gray ash and it's not been opened since she sealed it.

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I don't have a link....
by Angeline Booher / May 6, 2006 3:31 AM PDT
In reply to: Fascinating!

.... to prove my comments, but the effects of the ash
etched airplane windows.

This was to the point it interfered with a clear view from the cabin.

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Remember poor Harry Truman and his Spirit Lodge?
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / May 5, 2006 1:47 PM PDT

Hi, Angeline.

We visited Mt. St. Helens in the mid-80's, before they allowed you as close as they do now. The sheer devastation was unbelievable -- in particular a highway bridge over a stream that was moved several hundred feet downstream from its original site. And the trees bowled over like toothpicks...

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We were there in 1997
by Josh K / May 6, 2006 6:38 AM PDT

It's well worth a return visit to see the Johnston Observatory, which has a breathtaking view of the mountain from approx. five miles away. It feels closer.

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(NT) (NT) Thanks Angeline.
by Ziks511 / May 8, 2006 7:30 PM PDT

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