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Rocks Cause Stir at Mt. St. Helens

November 23, 2005|From Associated Press

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Falling rocks at Mt. St. Helens kicked up a dust plume Tuesday that rose above the rim of the volcano's crater, prompting second looks from the region's wary populace.

"We're having the first couple of rock falls that we've had in a while ... and people can see it -- especially from Portland," said U.S. Geological Survey geologist Seth Moran at the agency's Cascade Volcano Observatory, about 50 miles south of the mountain.

Mt. St. Helens rumbled back to life in 2004 after years of quiet, with a flow of molten rock reaching the surface. In 1980, an eruption killed 57 people.

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