Mt St Helens Eruption Pics & Video 1980?

The cataclysmic eruption of Mount St. Helens 30 years ago today devastated the surrounding landscape, with the hot gas and debris killing countless animals and damaging or destroying large swaths of forest. But life did not entirely end there in 1980.

The 30th anniversary of the May 18th eruption of Mount St. Helens will be recognized with a series of events that range from hikes, to photography, videos and oral histories.

The force of the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980 was said to be the equivalent of 27 thousand atom bombs.

I was wondering if there are pictures or video of the Mt St Helens Eruption in 1980?

asked by Tristen in History | 4670 views | 05-18-2010 at 04:53 PM

On May 18, 1980, Washington's Mount St. Helens erupted, sending a debris avalanche of more than 3 billion cubic yards into nearby Spirit Lake, wiping away virtually all evidence of human and animal life.

Mount St. Helens is one of the most active U.S. volcanoes, its eruptions are highly explosive, and it's situated near major metropolitan centers in the Pacific Northwest.

If Mount St. Helens reawakened violently, an ash plume reaching 30,000 feet (about 9,100 meters) or more could materialize in as little as five minutes, grounding aircraft and wreaking havoc on agriculture, water and power supplies, and human health.

Pictures of Mt St Helens Eruption in 1980.

Mt St Helens Eruption 1980

Mt St Helens Eruption

Mt St Helens Eruption 1980 disaster

Among the reasons the ecology rebounded are some surprising factors, including the early morning timing of the eruption, the fact that spring had been late to arrive that year, and the amazing ability of insects to parachute in once a recovery was underway.

Some species managed to survive amid the the volcano's eruption on May 18, 1980. Others scraped by at the edges of the devastation and literally crawled back. Together they sowed the seeds of a comeback that progressed in fits and starts and continues today.

Video of Mt St Helens Eruption.


The forested countryside surrounding this still-active volcano in southwestern Washington - just 55 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon - now falls under the management of the U.S. Forest Service as Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. A scenic highway provides access to the surrounding landscape, and a system of visitor centers, hiking trails, and signed viewing areas afford visitors one of the world's most up-close and chilling encounters with volcanology.

answered by Iris | 05-18-2010 at 05:00 PM

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