posted on Oct, 10 2004 @ 07:47 AM
Magnitude 2.4 earthquakes, occuring every 2 minutes have been recorded at Mount St. Helen's since Saturday. Jeff Wynn, the U.S. Geological Survey's
chief scientist for volcano hazards, claims that levels are equal to or higher than that of the steam and ash eruption on October 5th. Scientists
expect the earthquake activity to "ebb and flow", with possible steam eruptions for weeks and months to come.
MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. (AP) - Earthquake activity has increased at Mount St. Helens, but scientists said Saturday there was no reason to raise the
volcano's alert level. Scientists said earthquake activity had been low until Friday, indicating molten rock was moving upward with little
resistance. By Saturday, however, quakes of magnitude 2.4 were occurring every one to two minutes, they said.
"It's at levels equal to or higher than the Oct. 5 steam and ash eruption,'' said Jeff Wynn, the U.S. Geological Survey's chief scientist for
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A concern for experts is a bubble that has risen 330ft since September 30. The bubble leads scientists to believe their is magma less than a mile
below the surface. The bubble is being called a "remarkable event."
The activity on Saturday is not guaranteeing a dangerous eruption. All evacuations and closures near and around the volcano are still in effect.
Geologists still claim that it is unlikely that there will be an eruption as big as the one on May 18, 1980.