Report: Magma in Mount St. Helens on the rise

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by Cornelius Swart, KGW.com Staff

KREM.com

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Updated Thursday, May 1 at 8:50 PM

PORTLAND – Magma levels inside Mount St. Helens are on the rise, according to a newspaper report.

Reports showed that super-heated liquid rock has been percolating up inside Mount St. Helens for the past six years and scientists don’t know if an eruption is far off or close at hand.

U.S. Geological Survey vulcanologist Seth Moran will speak at a press conference Wednesday to discuss how fresh molten rock has been recharging in the mountain, the report said.

Since its massive eruption in 1980, the lava dome inside Mount St. Helen’s cratered top has been rebuilding itself. It saw considerable growth during a steam eruption that lasted between 2004 to 2008 (see time-lapse video below).

Carolyn Driedger, spokeswoman for the USGS said that an eruption, however, was not imminent.

“There are no signs of an impending eruption. This has been going on for some time. We’re no closer [to an eruption] today than we were yesterday,” Driedger told the Daily News.

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