04 October 2004

[volcano] It Obviously Wasn't

No, the fleck on the camera image in the last entry there was apparently not an eruption.

However, Loo-wit did not disappoint. It has been reported by various outlets that at about 09:00 today, a steam event occurred which ejected a plume up to about 12,000 feet. Saw the video on KPTV's The Ten O'Clock News tonight, it was quite the sight. Still don't have a picture of it though.

There are also reports of a boiling lake in the south part of the crater (behind the lava dome as you look into it) and significant deformation of the crater floor.

Could be any time now, we hear.

Prevailing winds are blowing out of the southwest. That means any significant ashfall will go in the direction of the cities of Yakima and Spokane. Welcome back to the '80's, boys!


Jessica said...

hey good luck with that!

Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...

Well, thank you, ma'am.

Seriously, If you have any prayers/good thought/benificent rites or rituals, forward them to the people of the eastern 2/3rds of Washington state.

We get the best of all worlds here in Greater Portland. We get this big hazardous volcano quite literally in our back yard, its near enough to have a front row seat, but conditions usually push the crap the other way.

Or, as a bumpersticker I saw during the bad old daye sniped: "Oregon, get your own volcano!"