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(Seattle, WA)  --  Scientists say magma levels are slowly rebuilding inside Mount St. Helens, but there's no sign of an eruption occurring anytime soon.  The volcano erupted in May 1980, shearing the top off the majestic peak and resulting in 57 deaths.  It also spread debris over a 230-square-mile area and caused property damage totaling more than one-billion dollars.  The U.S. Geological Survey says the magma reservoir beneath Mount St. Helens has been slowly re-pressurizing since 2008, probably caused by the arrival of additional magma between two-and-a-half and five miles below the surface.

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  • Click on the link for the latest conditions on the mountain passes.

 

  • I-84,Troutdale MP 17 - 62, in the Coumbia Gorge remains closed. The highway is closed EB at Exit 17 in Troutdale. Trucks use US-26 to OR-35 as an alternate route.

 

  • Construction at 27th Street . Northbound Lane Closed from Ferguson to Bear Creek.  Detour in place.

 

  • 27th and Bear Creek Rd intersection varying traffic control changes

 

  • O.B. Riley Road South-bound lane closed south of Mervin Samples Rd (12/17)