40 years ago this month, Mt. St. Helens erupted. We are volcano scientists. Ask us anything!
Thanks for coming! Our experts have gone home (or turned off their computers at least). We will try and check in later!
40 years ago this month, Mt. St. Helens erupted. We’ve assembled some of the top volcano scientists to field your questions about Mt. St Helens and an assortment of other topics. Our scientists mainly helm from the Cascades Volcano Observatory, part of USGS.
We’d also like to encourage you to take advantage of the many virtual events happening this week to remember Mt. St. Helens. More information here. For many, this is Volcano Awareness Month.
We're all on one account and will be signing our answers with our names (If you see multiple answers it's by multiple people)
Seth Moran, Scientist-in-Charge at the Cascades Volcano Observatory and an expert on Cascades volcano seismicity
Alexa Van Eaton, an expert on Volcanic ash and Volcanic Lightning
Heather Wright, physical volcanologist and member of international Volcano Disaster Assistance Program
Michael Poland, Scientist-in-Charge at Yellowstone Volcano Observatory and an expert in volcano deformation.
Wes Thelen, an expert on earthquakes, Kilauea and Cascades Volcano seismicity, including Mount St. Helens
Andy Lockhart, Mt. Rainier Warning Systems and Lahar Monitoring
Wendy Stovall, Volcano Communications, Yellowstone, Kilauea
Brian Terbush, the volcano program coordinator for Washington state Emergency Management Division.
In support, hunting down links, etc:
Liz Westby (Geologist, social media outreach for USGS)
Carolyn Driedger (Hydrologist/Outreach Coordinator)
Steven Friederich (public information officer, WA EMD)