Could Mt. St. Helens erupt again in our lifetime, and could it be a threat if it did?
- MARKLv 73 weeks ago
Yes, it could erupt again in our lifetimes. It could erupt tomorrow. We simply do not know when it will erupt again.
Its threat level would depend on the extent of the eruption.
- ZirpLv 73 weeks ago
It could, and maybe that would postpone global warming a bit
- MikeLv 73 weeks ago
Yes, it could erupt again.
And yes it could be a threat to that particular part of Washington State. It would not be a threat to the whole world.
- Anonymous3 weeks ago
Recently, major eruptions of Mt. St. Helens like that in 1980 have been about 100 to 300 years apart, but you can't rule one out happening sooner than that. Minor dome-building eruptions like we've seen following the big one are an ongoing process. With another big one, there will be plenty of ash and mudflows but the sideways explosion isn't as likely.
Mount Rainier is the one to watch, the surrounding area and associated rivers are more highly populated. It hasn't erupted in 500 years but it's still active with earthquakes and geothermal vents.
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- billrussell42Lv 73 weeks ago
possibly, but threat to whom ? not to me, I live along the Atlantic coast.
- Pearl LLv 73 weeks ago
anything is possible but hopefully it wont