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It's about how things sounded in March of nineteen eighty any normal day like the ones we missed so much now but March fifteenth is when things began to change with a swarm of small earthquakes followed by a four point two quake five days later that's when scientists and a whole lot of other people realize mount St Helens was waking up for the first time since eighteen fifty seven and that's when como started a two month rotation of reporters back and forth starting with Bob Bronson the model looks like a scene out of a Christmas card there is no small there is no actually is no steam coming out of us and help us right now we have just learned the Forest Service aircraft going over the crater the top the summit of mount St Helens has reported that the crack the Fisher in the center of the crater is getting bigger the potential for devastation beneath mount St Helens is definitely a possibility large crevices were created on the mountain as a result of today's eruption scientists say the mountain could blow at any time dormant for over one hundred and twenty years the volcano erupted with explosive force about every thirty minutes yesterday vigorous eruptions spreading debris over a wide area the continuous monitoring of this suddenly active volcano was left scientists geologists and volcanologists with few projections and only qualified statements they like the rest of us must simply watch and wait several recurring characters emerged in the developing story and distillate Kathy Kurtz and tells us most notably among them the crusty old inn keeper at the mount St Helens lodge at spirit lake Mary Truman had been in mount Saint Helens backyard since nineteen twenty nine this is a comment on that damn dumb maybe all right I'm going to do about it we also had the experts including volcanologist David Johnston who also died in the eruption and made this ominous prediction in the weeks prior during an interview near the mountains I would want to be sure to talk about it that we'd probably be killed by the scientists had a vague idea of what was happening but Dr Seth Moran the scientist in charge of the U. S. geological survey's cascades volcano observatory tells me they didn't have much technology to help them when the first earthquakes happened they had us once I think station located two miles to the west of mount St Helens in the next nearest one was tens of miles away and doctor Moran says that left a lot of uncertainty about where that quake was located it was allowable from the calculation perspective for the respect to be located under the volcano or miles off to the side off to the side it's a tectonic earthquakes under the volcano it's a volcanic earthquakes and there was uncertainty for the first couple days and it wasn't until the rate of your stick started increasing that it became very clear that this instead was perspex continuing upwards things are a lot different today though not only is there a whole network of sensors but scientists now use GPS and satellite images to spot movement in the ground and they can tell them things are shifting and that something might be happening P. below Brian Harris komo news this afternoon Ryan talks to Dr Moran about how scientists continue to learn from the eruption even forty years later come on news time eight twenty propellant Sharon's money updates and the house is debating a massive new stimulus bill to help deal with the economic fallout from the corona virus outbreak Florida Democrat Donna shillelagh said her constituents are crying for help my neighbors are scared of both the virus that could kill them or their loved ones and worried about how they will make their next rent or mortgage payment or buy groceries a roughly three trillion dollar democratic measure includes more money for cash strapped state and local governments hazard pay for front line workers and another round of stimulus checks for Americans it would also extend increased unemployment benefits Republicans oppose the new package showed the bill would likely go nowhere in the GOP led Senate we knew that it was a bad month for retail sales in April with the results that we're gonna release this morning were much worse than analysts expected retail sales fell sixteen point four percent last month and the other bad news came in the form of the monthly industrial production figures the federal reserve says industrial output fell eleven point two percent in April led by a record drop in manufacturing stocks are headed lower again the Dow is down a hundred eighty right now at twenty three thousand four thirty six S. and P. five hundred down twenty three the nasdaq is down about seventy eight coming up next we'll check traffic and weather and then some promising news maybe about a vaccine stay.

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