Mount St. Helens VolcanoCams
Welcome to the home of the Mount St. Helens VolcanoCams.
We have been providing near real-time images of Mount St. Helens since the late 1990s. The near real-time images of Mount St. Helens are taken from the Johnston Ridge Observatory (JRO) using two VolcanoCam High Definitioncameras. The (JRO) and VolcanoCams are located at an elevation of approximately 4,200 feet, about five miles from the volcano. The cameras look approximately south-southeast across the North Fork Toutle River Valley.
VolcanoCamHD One is off-line. A severe windstorm in December 2018 damaged the camera support. We are now looking at replacing the camera. We have no timeframe when it will return to service.
- This is a near real-time view of Mount St. Helens taken from our older high definition camera. This camera was originally installed in 2007.
- You must manually refresh your browser to see the latest image. Use this keyboard key combination to force your web browser to do a "deep refresh" appropriate for your computer's operating system:
- Mac/Apple: Apple + R or command + R
- Linux: F5
Some Camera Details
- This is a high definition camera that has been operating since 2007.
- Maximum resolution: 2048x1536 pixels. We have deliberately set the resolution at 1024x768 pixels.
- Camera Lens :8-48mm, 45°-8°, Motorized Zoom/Iris/Focus.
- Camera Focus and Zoom: Auto-focus. We are able to control the zoom from our base in Vancouver.
- Camera View:The top of the image is partially obscured by thebuilding eaves overhang. The bottom of the image is partially obscured by the external camera housing. The top and bottom issues are caused by the lens and an internal camera mount that has come loose.
Rotating Images Archive
New camera images update to the server every three minutes. However, with network latency, images posted here may not refresh as often. You can view thelast ten images from this camerain a constantly updating image archives.
No federal tax funds were used in the purchase of the VolcanoCam cameras and associated hardware. All funding comes from donations managed on our behalf by Discover Your Northwest.
Discover Your Northwest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (PDF document warning) social enterprise based in Seattle, and are licensed to operate in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, and Montana.
Discover Your Northwest promotes the discovery of Northwest public lands, enriches the experience of visitors, and encourages stewardship of these special places today and for generations to come. Discover Your Northwest passionately believes in the people-value of Northwest public lands and are dedicated to ensuring that our public lands are places of education, recreation, and inspiration for everyone.
Discover Your Northwest are proud to be partners with the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Army Corps of Engineers, City of Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Washington State Parks.
VolcanoCams Status and News
- 01 February 2019 - A severe windstorm in December 2018 damaged the camera support. We are now looking at replacing the camera. We have no timeframe when it will return to service.
- 28 January 2019 - After a five-week hiatus because of the government shutdown, we are now back to actively monitoring the MSH VolcanoCams. Please bear with us since it will take time and good weather before we can correct the VolcanoCam issues.
- 14 December 2018 - We currently have one VolcanoCam offline due to an unknown power failure, and the second VolcanoCam is misaligned due to winds and other weather conditions. This time of the year physical access to the VolcanoCams is extremely limited due to winter weather conditions (snow, ice and avalanche conditions). We will attend to the VolcanoCam problems as soon as it it is safe to do so.
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Gifford Pinchot National Forest
501 E. 5th St., #404
Vancouver, WA 98661
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters
42218 N.E. Yale Bridge Rd.
Amboy, WA 98601
Online Web Form
You may contact the VolcanoCam Webmaster directly using our online form. Please understand that not all queries may receive an answer, but rest assured every email sent to us via the web form is read by the VolcanoCam webmaster. That said our goal is to personally respond to every query, as time permits.