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Scientists study results of new Mt. St. Helens blasts

Geologists monitoring the Mt. St. Helens volcano hope this week to get a closer look at changes wrought by two eruptions, March 19 and 20.

Monitor correspondent Leon Lindsay reports snowy weather and heavy steam prevented scientists in helicopters from getting a good look at the inside of the crater, but it is believed the lava dome inside was left largely intact.

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Although nowhere near the power of the volcano's first 1980 eruption, these smaller bursts spewed an ash cloud some 45,000 feet high. Only minor flood damage was reported.

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