View Full Version : Mount St. Helens

Carowinds 73-03
09-27-2004, 06:49 PM
The mountain is doing alot of shakeing lately. Do you think it will erupt anytime soon or is this nothing to talk about.

Jimmy B
09-27-2004, 06:59 PM
It's last eruption was almost 25 years ago I believe. Not sure how active it is.

Carowinds 73-03
09-27-2004, 07:02 PM
I just heard the the last eruption was 18 years ago and that if it erupts now it will not be as bad as the last one. Atleast thats was Dan Rather said.

Jimmy B
09-27-2004, 07:05 PM
I surely heard that it had erupted in 1980. Or is it 1981?

Carowinds 73-03
09-27-2004, 07:10 PM
You could be right. We all know that Dan Rather has been wrong before...... That was Dan right?

EDIT: Yep your right. I just looked it up. it was 1980.

09-27-2004, 07:27 PM
The activity of the mountain is increasing (meaning it might not happen) the chance of some sort of eruption. If anything, it'll probably be just steam and not lava. But then again, you never know...

Jimmy B
09-27-2004, 07:30 PM
^ So an increase in activity means a lesser chance of an eruption?

09-28-2004, 12:29 AM
I worded that wrong. It is definitely an increase in chance, but it's still not a given that it will actually happen. That's what I meant to say.

09-28-2004, 10:30 AM
If Mt. St. Helens goes again, I'm wondering what the chances are that Ranier could be affected by the rumble. My parents can see both mountains from their back deck.

09-28-2004, 10:58 AM
I highly doubt anything will happen, especially to the extent of the last collapse

09-28-2004, 03:18 PM
The volcano needs a virgin to sate its appetite. Carowinds, you know what you have to do, you must mount St. Helen.

09-28-2004, 03:50 PM
We were talking about this in Geology today. The professor said it will most likely erupt but it will be pretty small. the lava dome inside the crater will propbably erupt and spew no farther than the edges of the crater. however, the ash cloud could cause devestating mudflows. As for Rainier? I don't think Helen's rumblings will activate it. However, Rainier is liable to blow any day now.

09-28-2004, 04:53 PM
Yea, I could see Mt. Rainer going soon. It hasn't had a major eruption in an extremely long time. Its due to blow in the next few years.

09-28-2004, 09:12 PM
And wouldnt it just suck if the entire cascade range decided to erupt all at the same time? Two Words-Nuclear Winter. Without the nuclear problem.

09-28-2004, 11:18 PM
If it does erupt, I don't think it'll do much damage. An eruption is certainly possible, but I doubt it'll be a repeat of 1980. Of course I'm no vulcanologist.

09-29-2004, 01:48 AM
I just heard the the last eruption was 18 years ago and that if it erupts now it will not be as bad as the last one. Atleast thats was Dan Rather said.

Well if Dan Rather said it, it must be true. Any day now Dan Rather will be forced to issue an announcement and apologize to Mt. Saint Helenn for his information being incorrect.

10-01-2004, 05:17 PM
It erupted, but it was just a small amount of smoke and ash.


10-01-2004, 05:38 PM
^Mount St. Helens farted is what your saying?

10-01-2004, 05:43 PM
^ Basically yeah. I guess the local news in Seattle didn't make a very big deal out of this. The scientists knew all that would occur is a "fart". The mountain may "fart" a few more times before it's over.

10-02-2004, 12:57 AM
I've seen more gas come out of my ass after a big meal. I'm not impressed.

Matt M
10-02-2004, 01:23 AM
At least it didn't erupt quite like it did way back when, like when the whole side/top blew off.

Carowinds 73-03
10-02-2004, 11:01 AM
That was some pretty coll stuff a few days ago. Just ash & smoke but still kinda cool. Officials also said today that it's not over yet. Pressure is still building up inside.

10-02-2004, 02:42 PM
I heard some guy on FOX last night saying that although there is activity, he doesn't anticipate anything close to the 1980 erruption for a long while, but it would be interesting to see if these guys think that it WILL eventually happen.

Matt M
10-02-2004, 02:49 PM
According to what I read a LONG time ago, the mountan has blown itself to bits more than once in the past. Keep in mind how old that mountain probably is.

Carowinds 73-03
10-02-2004, 06:05 PM
This just in. A level 3 alert has been issued with 3 being the highest. Oficials said magma is slowly moving towards the dome and there is a 90% chance of eruption within the next 48 hours.

10-02-2004, 07:23 PM
YAY! WOOHOO! YAAHAAAAA! Come on, Helens, blow your top!

I'd love to see that whole mountain reduced to rubble, just having the whole thing go Krakatoa on Washington's ass.

Or not...

Matt M
10-02-2004, 11:11 PM
Well this should be interesting. I wonder what's going to happen.

10-02-2004, 11:37 PM
If anyone has trouble picturing what will happen, just imagine a 450lb man going to the toilet after two hours at an "all you can eat".

10-03-2004, 07:18 AM
^ Thanks for the image.:sick: I think this next eruption could be almost as powerful as the 1980, Although this time I think many people in the immediate area left due to the earlier eruptions.

Carowinds 73-03
10-03-2004, 10:53 AM
They are saying that the tremors and quakes are just as powerfull as they were back in 1980 so we could see something as powerfull as the 1980 eruption. I'm not counting anything out right now.

10-03-2004, 05:55 PM
^That can't be good. If the wind is blowing towards Seattle we could see some major loss of life from the volcanic ash cloud.

10-03-2004, 05:59 PM
^l can see Seattle turning into Lil'Asia. Everyone walking around with masks.

10-03-2004, 06:10 PM
ok somehting to point out.

the direction of the wind does not matter, volcanic ash is not a major factor in loss of life. it will not kill people in seattle. the deadliest volcanoes kill via pyroclastic flows which are limited to the immediate vacinity of the mountian, which has been evacuated. other cuases of death include flash floods form snow melt (nevade del rue [sic]) and tidal waves caused by the ground shaking (krakatoa) and crop failure. Mount st helens is probably not capable of creating crop failurte becuase its last eruption was not long enough ago for it to have built up enough steam and magma for this event to occur. The mountains that have created golbal climate change generally erupt less then once every hundred years, and in most cases much longer (twenty thousand).

as someone who spent 20 years living in oregon and washington mt. st. helens is not the mountain to be worried about. . .mt. rainer on the other hand is due for a major eruption and housing subdivisions have been built in areas were pyrocalstic or mud (lahar's) have buried as much as 100 feet of material. in the past.

edit: in addition I should point out the closest city is portland oregon, not seattle. . .

10-04-2004, 10:51 AM
I heard on the news that this eruption will not be even close to what happened 24 years ago. They say it will erupt. It could be today or tomorrow or in two months.

Carowinds 73-03
10-04-2004, 01:01 PM
Yeah now the story has changed. First it was 24 hours then it was 48 hours, now their saying sometime in the next few weeks. I heard someone say that the lava stalled half way up from the inside and it could either stay like that and never erupt or it could erupt in the coming weeks. Who knows now.

10-04-2004, 09:27 PM
For those interested there is a live webcam that updates every 5 minutes located just 5 miles from Mt. St. Helens. I was lucky enough to catch one of the eruptions recently. Kinda cool. Here is the link:


SFOG Freak
10-04-2004, 09:29 PM
Nice find WildMouse, this is pretty cool.

10-04-2004, 10:26 PM
During the day, the picture is crystal clear. It must be the type of webcam they use, but I was really impressed with the quality. I caught the sunset relection on the mountain yesterday. Just beautiful, and to know this thing is expected to blow within 2 days! Yikes! That webcam may not survive!

10-04-2004, 10:30 PM
it will erupt. . . this is the single most eruptive mountain in the cascades. the oral history of the native americans proves this.

Matt M
10-04-2004, 11:42 PM
Dude, it's going to belch, not vomit its organs and bodily fluids like it did last time. The camera will be fine.

10-05-2004, 12:49 AM
I merged this thread with the Mount St. Helens thread.

Carowinds 73-03
10-05-2004, 02:05 AM
I just wish it would do something already. I have always been intrested in seeing a Volcono live. I have seen pleany of eruptions on TV from years past and just think it would be really cool to see one live. Just as long as no one is in harms way but i think everyone has been cleared for this one.

10-05-2004, 01:27 PM
Well, she's belchin some big time steam right now! (10:30am-pst)


Carowinds 73-03
10-06-2004, 05:48 PM
The Alert level has been dropped and the mountain is calm. I guess it just needed to let off some steam ;)

Carowinds 73-03
10-12-2004, 10:47 PM
Just when we though it was over more steam comes out today and now their saying the lava is a few feet from the surface and could go any day now.

10-12-2004, 11:47 PM
I don't really care if it erupts it's not wear I live, I just hope that if it does nobody gets hurt or killed.

Carowinds 73-03
10-13-2004, 12:07 AM
I hope it does. It's pretty far away from any houses so i think the chances or destruction is pretty low if any except for maybe what the ash would do. I have never seen a live eruption just seen clips and shows on TV. I would like to see one someday.