This does suck all kinds of arse. I was reading an article and it said that there has been over 1000 earthquakes since thursday that have been increasing in magnatude. Doesn't sound to good for them out there.
MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. - Mount St. Helens, the volcano that blew its top with cataclysmic force in 1980, erupted for the first time in 18 years Friday, belching a huge column of white steam and ash after days of rumblings.
"This is exactly the kind of event we've been predicting," said U.S. Geological Survey (news - web sites) scientist Cynthia Gardner.
Still, the eruption was nowhere near what happened 24 years ago, when 57 people were killed and towns 250 miles away were coated with ash.
About 20 minutes after Friday's eruption, the mountain calmed and the plume began to dissipate.
The eruption was so short-lived that the ash appeared to pose no threat to anyone. No evacuations were ordered, and there was no sign of any lava pouring from the volcano.
The steam cloud rose from the southern edge of a 1,000-foot-tall lava dome in the volcano's crater. Steam frequently rises from the crater, but the 8,364-foot peak had not erupted since 1986.