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2005-09-12 11:30:00

PORTLAND, Oregon -- A large, slow-growing volcanic bulge in Western Oregon is attracting the attention of seismologists who say that the rising ground could be the beginnings of a volcano or simply magma shifting underground. Scientists said that the 100 square-mile (260 sq-km) bulge, first discovered by satellite, poses no immediate threat to nearby residents. "It is perfectly safe for anyone over there," said Michael Lisowski, geophysicist at the United States Geological Survey's Cascades...

2005-09-09 18:00:00

By Teresa Carson PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - A large, slow-growing volcanic bulge in Eastern Oregon is attracting the attention of seismologists who say that the rising ground could be the beginnings of a volcano or simply magma shifting underground. Scientists said that the 100 square-mile (260 sq-km) bulge, first discovered by satellite, poses no immediate threat to nearby residents. "It is perfectly safe for anyone over there," said Michael Lisowski, geophysicist at the United States...

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2005-05-18 07:35:00

MOUNT ST. HELENS NATIONAL MONUMENT, Wash. (AP) -- The four, their lungs filled with ash, were found inside their car after Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980, with the force of a hydrogen bomb. Rescuers also discovered a cassette recorded by Ron and Barbara Seibold's children, ages 7 and 9, as the family drove toward the volcano. "They were goofing around - asking whether or not they would see lava coming out of the mountain," said Jim Thomas, an emergency worker at the time. "One...

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2005-05-08 17:25:09

MOUNT ST. HELENS NATIONAL MONUMENT, Wash. (AP) -- Johnston Ridge Observatory reopened to the public Friday, seven months after it was closed because of new activity at Mount St. Helens. From the observatory, visitors can look five miles into the crater of Mount St. Helens where a steaming lava dome has been growing since October. On Friday, however, clouds obscured the view. It may be a couple of days before the weather clears enough for visitors at the observatory to get a better view of...

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2005-04-12 07:40:00

MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. (AP) -- Surging seismic activity at Mount St. Helens has changed the whale-back shape of the volcano's emerging new dome, leaving it more like the back of a stegosaurus - a dinosaur with bony plates of armor along its spine. The outer edge of the jagged, plate-like protrusions matches the smooth old whale-back profile, so it appears the new look reflects a sinking away of some segments of the dome, said David Sherrod at the U.S. Geological Survey's Cascades Volcano...

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2005-01-26 07:28:30

SEATTLE (AP) -- Growth of the new lava dome inside the crater of Mount St. Helens has gradually slowed since the mountain reawakened in October, scientists said Tuesday. Molten rock has been oozing out from the surface of the volcano's crater since the fall, building a new lava dome that now has a total volume of 44 million cubic yards. That is big enough to contain 134 buildings the size of the basketball arena where the Portland Trailblazers play. Scientists provided an update on Mount...

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2004-12-02 08:40:56

SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington state's top polluter isn't a pulp mill, a power plant or refinery. It's the newly awakened Mount St. Helens. Since the volcano began erupting in early October, it has been pumping out 50 to 250 tons a day of sulfur dioxide, the lung-stinging gas that causes acid rain and contributes to haze. At peak, that's more than double the amount from all the state's industries combined. Normally, the state's No. 1 polluter is a coal-fired power plant owned by the Canadian...


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