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TIL: Mount St. Helens Has a Baby Volcano Inside It | Today I Learned

TIL: Mount St. Helens Has a Baby Volcano Inside It | Today I Learned

On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens in Washington State erupted in the most explosive volcanic event in U.S. history. Fifty-seven people and countless animals died, a forest was leveled, and ash blanketed the region as far away as Minnesota.
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The volcano remains active today, even as events are being held at the mountain to mark the 36th anniversary of the disaster. Proving that it still has power, over the past few years, Mount St. Helens has had “a baby volcano growing in its crater,” says Stephanie Grocke, a volcanologist at the Smithsonian Institution and a National Geographic explorer.

Between 2004 and 2008, enough molten rock oozed out of the crater to pave a seven-lane highway from New York City to Portland, Oregon, notes Grocke. While the growth of the lava dome doesn’t mean there is an imminent threat, it is a reminder that Mount St. Helens is still very much alive.

“The volcano is still living and breathing,” says Grocke.

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  1. Indonesian says : Baby St. Helen is cute.

    K R A K A T O A …!!!

  2. It was worth the climb a second time last year .Rate of intrusion by Opus and leaving striations a rethink of processes and timing. Get the full story from USGS publication Prof Paper 1750.. a must and so inexpensive for so much work..Thank you

  3. The father is the Yellowstone super volcano

  4. I live in Washington and my teacher remembers when that happened


  6. Of course Mt. St. Helen is pregnant. Have you ever seen a condom big enough to do the job?

  7. Why am I here I should be advising for geograp— " oh"

  8. Children that grow up in single mother households….one day they'll just erupt.

  9. have ashes from the big explosion

  10. Oh wow! I didn't know that before…

  11. Oh god they're reproducing like us I'm sure that baby volcano will take at least another 100 years before it grows to the size of its momma XD

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