Mount Saint Helens Awakens

After a slumber since the explosive eruption in 1980, Mount St. Helens awakens.

Yesterday, in Washington, Mount St. Helens erupted spewing lava everywhere, and releasing poisonous Carbon Monoxide into the air. Volcanic tephra fell from the sky, allowing for plants to soon use it for its fertile minerals. All of the plants and trees in the fertile soil, living on the base of the volcano, were destroyed immediately. Scientists believe many animals were killed in the eruption as well.                  

Lava flows, from the volcano, reached as far as a mile, and are slowly creeping forward, destroying everything in its wake and displacing soil. Carbon Monoxide choked plants and animals as far away as 2 miles. That Carbon Monoxide will soon enter the Carbon Cycle.

Scientists believe that it may take up to 2 years for the ecosystems in the surrounding areas to recover. However, it will take even longer for the rock left over from the lava cooling down, to be fully eroded and the space to be used by plants. No humans were harmed in the event.  

Though solutions to harmful volcanic eruptions are scarce, there is a way to improve the situation. Scientists studying the volcano before the eruption, can somewhat predict, when the volcano will erupt. This can allow them to relocate animals and even plants to a safe area before the eruption, and once the volcanoes immediate effects are over, than they can put them back into the ecosystem. We could also control the lava flows, making the lava pour into an area that would not effect an ecosystem.

Here is the video of Mt.St Helens erupting (Just pretend this is the eruption I just described :) )

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