Mount St Helens on ERUPTION brink: Four times more earthquakes recorded at active volcano

Thursday, January 4, 2018
By Paul Martin

MOUNT St Helens volcano could be about to blow as more than 40 earthquakes have been recorded since New Year’s Day.

Thu, Jan 4, 2018

The volcano last erupted in 2008, but is known for its major eruption in 1980 that killed 57 people.

The explosion was the deadliest and most economically damaging volcanic event in the history of the United States.

And with the mountain just 96 miles from Seattle and 50 miles from Portland, an eruption is especially dangerous.

Now almost 40 years later, experts claim the volcano could be about to blow again.

A series of some 40 earthquakes have rumbled underground near the active volcano in Washington – with tremors continuing every year.

Residents as far away as Portland, Oregon, and Seattle have been left fearing Mount St Helens may erupt in an echo of 1980, which happened after a 5.1 magnitude earthquake and coated the region in ash and blew off the mountain’s entire peak.

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network said a 3.9 magnitude quake hit around 12:38 am on Wednesday.

Dozens of people throughout the region reported feeling the tremor, including those about 70 miles to the south in Portland.

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