Building up to the next blast

Pete Caster/Lewiston TribuneIn this photo taken May 18, 2016, contrails follow a plane as it passes by Mount St. Helens in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Now 40 years to the day that St. Helens erupted, the mountain remains the most active in the Cascade Range.

Ask Seth Moran what’s new with Mount St. Helens, and he’ll tell you not much.

Forty years after its cataclysmic eruption put the Cascade volcano on the scientific map, St. Helens is outwardly calm and well-behaved. There’s no reason to think it presents an imminent danger.

The mountain “isn’t doing anything different from what it usually does,” said Moran, chief scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Cascade Volcano Observatory.

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