Volcano observatory reopens to the public

08 May 2005 | 13:53 Code : 5053 Geoscience events
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Johnston Ridge Observatory reopened Friday, seven months after it was closed because of new activity at Mt. St. Helens. From the observatory, visitors can look five miles into the crater of Mount St. Helens where
Johnston Ridge Observatory reopened Friday, seven months after it was closed because of new activity at Mt. St. Helens.

From the observatory, visitors can look five miles into the crater of Mount St. Helens where a steaming lava dome has been growing since October. On Friday, clouds obscured the view.

It may be a couple of days before the weather clears enough for visitors at the observatory to get a better view of the volcano.

Visitors to Johnston Ridge are advised to bring a dust mask in case of an ash eruption.

Mount St. Helens erupted with devastating violence 25 years ago on May 18, 1980, blasting open its once-perfect peak, leveling forests for miles and killing 57 people.


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