USGS Spirit Lake Camera Images

Spirit Lake Camera

The USGS has made available a series of images of Mt.St.Helens taken over the summer from a fixed location.

The Spirit Lake "VolcanoCam" was developed by Winston Stokes and placed in the field on June 29, 2005. ... The camera is approximately five and one half miles from Mount St. Helens volcano and just catches a glimpse of the Mount St. Helens crater and dome. ... The following collection is a sampling from over 1,000 images taken between June 29 and September 23, 2005. Not all the images were selected for their view of the dome. Some are simply interesting and/or dramatic.

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Standard USGS Update

Growth of the new lava dome inside the crater of Mount St. Helens continues, accompanied by low rates of seismicity, low emissions of steam and volcanic gases, and minor production of ash. During such eruptions, episodic changes in the level of activity can occur over days to months. The eruption could also intensify suddenly or with little warning and produce explosions that cause hazardous conditions within several miles of the crater and farther downwind. Small lahars could suddenly descend the Toutle River if triggered by heavy rain or by interaction of hot rocks with snow and ice. These lahars pose a negligible hazard below the Sediment Retention Structure (SRS) but could pose a hazard along the river channel upstream.

Potential ash hazards to aviation: Under current eruptive conditions, small, short-lived explosions may produce ash clouds that exceed 30,000 feet in altitude. Ash from such events can travel 100 miles or more downwind.

The U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Washington continue to monitor the situation closely and will issue additional updates and changes in alert level as warranted.

My intent with this page is to provide a clearning house for links to the current activity at Mt.St.Helens. Please send me any links of interest that you may come across, whether for permanent sites or for news reports. I'm not going to be able to do this all alone and all help will be appreciated.

(Disclaimer— I have no association with anyone or any organization, and speak only for myself. Links and quotes are provided for information only.)

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