Major Eruption Imminent? Earthquake Swarms Reported At Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier, And Mt. St. Helens…which would be catastrophic for the USA
Is an eruption of one or more of the major volcanoes in the northwest United States imminent? In recent days, very large earthquake swarms have been reported at Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens. It is certainly not unusual for each of these volcanoes to experience earthquake swarms from time to time, but right now we are seeing this happen at all three volcanoes simultaneously, and this comes at a time when seismic activity along the Ring of Fire is on the rise all over the planet. If you have followed my work for a while, then you probably already know that I have been consistently warning that an eruption of Mt. Rainier is coming, and of course Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens are exceedingly dangerous volcanoes as well. If any one of the three were to erupt on a massive scale, it would instantly become the biggest news story of the year.
Mt. St. Helens
Many of my older readers remember the devastating eruption of Mt. St. Helens back in 1980 very well. This volcano is probably not as dangerous as Mt. Hood, and it is definitely not as dangerous as Mt. Rainier, but a full-blown eruption could still do an immense amount of damage to nearby communities.
Over the past couple of months, there has been a very disturbing series of earthquakes at Mt. St. Helens, and just within the last 30 days there has been a total of 103 quakes. In this article, I am going to share with you a series of maps that come from the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network via Google Earth. On this first map, you can see that the earthquake swarm that has been striking Mt. St. Helens in recent days is centered right at the core of the volcano…
Scientists tell us that the reason for all of this activity at Mt. St. Helens is because the magma chamber is likely recharging…
Multiple small earthquakes beneath the surface of Mount St. Helens the past two months suggest it may be recharging magma.
These tiny quakes which started March 14 have been happening at a depth of two and seven kilometers — or 1.2 to four miles beneath the surface. Over the last eight weeks, there have been over 130 earthquakes formally located by the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network and many more too small to be located, says USGS.
The small earthquakes beneath the surface may suggest Mount St. Helens is recharging magma. The magma chamber is likely imparting its own stresses on the crust around and above it as the system slowly recharges. The pressure drives fluids through cracks, producing the small quakes, per USGS.
Mount Hood is located only about 50 miles away from Portland, Oregon, and it is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in America. Over the past 30 days, there have been 96 earthquakes at Mt. Hood, and most of them have been centered on the south side of the mountain. Why this is so alarming is because it was also the south side of Mt. St. Helens that violently exploded back in 1980.
Here is a map which shows the recent activity at Mt. Hood…
According to Wired, the majority of the earthquakes that are happening are at a depth of between 3 and 5 kilometers, and this could be a sign that magma is ascending…
Right now, the earthquake swarm at Mt. Hood is centeredjust to the south of the main edifice (see below) and most of the earthquakes are between 3 and 5 kilometers below the surface. This is likely the zone where magma is being staged as it ascends from its source.
There haven’t been quite as many earthquakes at Mt. Rainier over the past 30 days – only 37 – but without a doubt it is potentially more dangerous than either Mt. Hood or Mt. St. Helens because it sits so close to major population centers. On the map below, you can see that the recent
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