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Hundreds of Quakes Shaking Mt. St. Helens

September 25, 2004|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Hundreds of tiny earthquakes have been reported at Mt. St. Helens in Washington, but it is unlikely they pose any hazard to anyone outside of the volcano's crater, state seismologist Tony Qamar said Friday.

Qamar said the seismology lab at the University of Washington in Seattle was having trouble keeping up with the hundreds of tiny quakes that began Thursday and showed no sign of letting up.

The swarms of quakes could indicate that a small amount of magma is moving into the mountain's crater, cracking the lava dome, he said.

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