Jump to navigation
After what happened last year on the West Coast and in Washington State, and presently in Alberta, it will be prudent from now on for travelers to have an alternate route when they go off to other parts of the country for their summer vacations, etc. Also Mount St Helens, a stratovolcano in the Washington border state, is now experiencing an unusually high number of earthquakes.
There was ash on the cars parked outside in Vancouver.
Mount St Helens last erupted in 2008, after a surprise reawakening in 2004 and several years of sporadic activity. Swarms of earthquakes before the 2004 eruption averaged between magnitudes of two to four.
On 18 May 1980 it erupted to devastating effect, a column of ash reaching 80,000ft and pyroclastic flows of boiling ash, gas and rock cascading off its slopes. Part of the volcano collapsed, ash fell as far away as New Mexico and 57 people died as a result of the eruption.