Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Mount St Helens Qwest

It's been a while since I have posted an update on Mount St Helens, but the reality is that not much has been happening.

The last time any night-time activity was visible in the images from the Volcanocam was the 29th of May - just over six months ago.

Seismic activity has likewise decreased to a very low level. The lavadome in the crater is still growing at a fairly constant rate, but out of the line-of-sight of the cameras based at the Johnson Ridge Observatory.

The only notable event in the last week has been that the Mount St Helen's cameras have fallen silent, due to a problem with the data line, operated by telecommunications giant, Qwest. Recent storms soaked and damaged the data line, and until Qwest is able to dry it out and repair it, we will all have to wait.

The only redeeming feature of the current situation is that the current weather at Mount St Helens means there isn't much to see anyway...

But hopefully Qwest will solve the problem so we can at least get the occasional glimpse of any activity on MSH :-)

UPDATE: In the few hours since the post, Qwest (or nature) has dried out the line and the USDA Forest Service Volcanocam's are back on-line!!!

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