Mount St. Helens, Washington
February 22, 1996 Update


Mount St. Helens update from the University of Washington Geophysics Program and the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory:

A small flurry of earthquakes occurred beneath Mount St. Helens yesterday (Wednesday, February 21). At 4:51 p.m. local time, a magnitude 2.3 earthquake occurred about 4 km beneath the crater floor. It was followed by 2 smaller earthquakes at 5:00 p.m. and 5:06 p.m. During the next hour, several small, surficial events occurred in the crater. These may have been rockfalls, snow avalanches, or small releases of steam from the dome. No flows occurred outside the crater. Activity returned to normal levels by 6 p.m. local time.