Monday :: Sep 27, 2004

It's Not Nice To Fool Mother Nature

by pessimist

We've all been hearing more than we need to know about the Four Hurricanes of the Florida Apocalypse, but these storms have seriously stressed the FEMA's resources for disaster response.

Now, on the opposite end of the nation, another disaster looms - and it's developing faster than anticipated:

Tiny Quakes Reported at Mount St. Helens

Hundreds of earthquakes too small to be detected by humans have been reported at Mount St. Helens, but they are probably not a prelude to an eruption, a state seismologist said Friday.

A few hours later:

Quakes cause volcanic unrest

For the first time in 18 years, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a 'Notice of Volcanic Unrest' for Washington's Mount St. Helens. Numerous small but stronger-than-usual earthquakes have shaken the volcano, enough to prompt the notice from USGS officials Sunday saying "there is an increased likelihood of a hazardous event."

Seismologists say the site has been subject to swarms of small earthquakes in the past, yet this time is different. "This one has lasted longer and has been more intense than previous swarms," said Seth Moran, a USGS seismologist at the Cascades Volcano Observatory.

Should this swarm continue to grow in intensity and cause an eruption, will there be anything left for Washington [Thanks, Ron], Oregon and Idaho, or will all of the Federal funds have gone to Florida?

Update: Ron in Portland reports that only a steam explosion is expected, not a full eruption. People have been warned to stay away.

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