Why is this volcano in Washington state so active?
The eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington State this month has been followed by several other volcanic eruptions in the state, some of which have been more extensive than others.
What is this new eruption all about?
Scientists at the University of Washington say Mount St Helens is the largest volcano in the world, with more than 4,000 active vents and over 300 active magma chambers.
The volcano is located on the Pacific Northwest coast, near the town of Mount Rainier, in the towns of Morakami, Mount Bachelor and Mount Hope.
Scientists say Mount Washington erupted on July 6, causing extensive damage to the town, but there is little to suggest the eruption could be linked to climate change.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources said in a statement that it was monitoring the Mount Washington eruption, which it called an active volcano.
It said the Mount St Helen eruption was also linked to the eruption of a smaller volcano near Mount Bachelor, but was not considered an active eruption.
Jay Inslee said on Monday that Washington has not yet seen a spike in air quality, but said the volcano was “still a major concern.”
The Washington Department of Transportation reported that smoke was coming out of Mount Washington on Monday morning.
The Washington Post said smoke was also visible from the airport.
On Twitter, Inslee tweeted: I’m happy to report that our air quality is the best it’s been in over a year.
pic.twitter.com/8nN0vKQZp7 — Jay Insler (@JayInsler) July 10, 2020