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Mount Saint Helens - Skamania County WA

Mount Saint Helens, looking peaceful on a bright sunny day.

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But on March 18, 1980

she looked equally as beautiful and peaceful

until 08:32 am when she erupted.

It started with a major earthquake

which caused the whole north face of the volcano to slide away

and then erupted spewing ash 80,000 feet into the air,

eventually causing ash to fall on states and provinces to the east.

Glaciers melted forming larhars that rushed down the Toutle River,

then into the Cowlitz and eventually all the way to the

Columbia River 50 miles away.

Fifty-seven people perished in the disaster.

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Here,

you can see the mountain,

it’s crater and the blow down area still looking very barren

beginning to recover with some new growth.

Today,

this area is part of the Mount Saint Helens National Monument.

There are roads with overlooks and several observatories,

the main one on Johnston Ridge,

named after David Johnston (who died in the eruption}.

He was a young USGS scientist

who saw the eruption begin,

as he sat on a ridge monitoring the mountain that morning,

he radioed the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver WA

saying ‘Vancouver! Vancouver!

This is it!’

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Tomorrow,

May 18, 2014,

is the 34th anniversary of the eruption.

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