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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 how much 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 crime 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 predictions 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 logic spirit lake merry Truman had been in mount Saint Helens backyard since nineteen twenty nine for years I knew this in the coming out of that damn dumb I may be old but 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 here to talk about it we'd probably be killed 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 one seismic 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 they can tell them things are shifting and that something might be happening the below Brian Harris komo news this afternoon Ryan is going to talk to doctor Moran about how scientists continue to learn from the eruption forty years later come on it's time six twenty.

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