Mount St Helens eruption FEARS: Volcano expert warns ‘I have never seen ANYTHING like it’

Monday, February 4, 2019
By Paul Martin

A GEOLOGIST studying Mount St Helens has admitted he fears the volcano could erupt again, nearly four decades after the last devastating blast.

Mon, Feb 4, 2019

On May 18, 1980, Mount St Helens blew in the US state of Washington. The eruption, which measured 5 on the Volcanic Explosively Index, has been declared as the most disastrous volcanic eruption in modern US history. A huge column rose 80,000 feet into the atmosphere and deposited ash in 11 states, killing at least 57 people and causing more than $1billion (£770million) in damage.

Now scientists fear it could happen again.

Dr Donald Swanson, who works for the United States Geological Survey (USGS), witnessed the aftermath of the last explosion.

He described the apocalyptic scenes he witnessed two days after the main event on Amazon Prime’s “Mega Disasters” documentary.

He said in 2006: “It was like walking on the moon – I have never seen anything like it.

“This entire area of 230 square miles was totally devastated, there was not a living thing in that entire area.

“Not an insect or a bird or an animal.

“There was only one colour and it was grey – the ground was covered in rock and there were fumes everywhere.”

Dr Swanson is now working alongside colleagues at USGS to monitor the activity of St Helens.

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