Mount St. Helens 1980 Eruption

Mount St. Helens, 1982

Mount St. Helens, 1982

On May 18, 1980, a major volcanic eruption occurred at Mount St. Helens, a volcano located in Skamania County, in the State of Washington. The eruption (a VEI 5 event) was the most significant volcanic eruption to occur in the contiguous 48 U.S. states since the much smaller 1915 eruption of Lassen Peak in California. It has often been declared as the most disastrous volcanic eruption in U.S. history. The eruption was preceded by a two-month series of earthquakes and steam-venting episodes.

Approximately 57 people were killed directly. Hundreds of square miles were reduced to wasteland, causing over a billion U.S. dollars in damage ($3.03 billion in 2017 dollars), thousands of animals were killed, and Mount St. Helens was left with a crater on its north side. Wikipedia 

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Mt. St. Helens eruption 1980Mt. St. Helens eruption 1980 Tue, May 20, 1980 – 6 · The Billings Gazette (Billings, Montana) · Newspapers.comMt. St. Helens 1980 eruption: Mt. St. Helens 1980 eruption: "the sky is falling" (plus map of volcano location) Mon, May 19, 1980 – 11 · The Missoulian (Missoula, Montana) · Newspapers.comInitial reported deaths from 1980 eruption of Mt. St. HelensInitial reported deaths from 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens Mon, May 19, 1980 – 1 · Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota) · Newspapers.comMt. St. Helens ash strands thousandsMt. St. Helens ash strands thousands Tue, May 20, 1980 – Page 41 · The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, Ohio) · Newspapers.comMt. St. Helens ash mapMt. St. Helens ash map Tue, May 20, 1980 – Page 41 · The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, Ohio) · Newspapers.comMt. St. Helens eyewitness accountsMt. St. Helens eyewitness accounts Thu, May 22, 1980 – 3 · The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.comMt St. Helens not expected to erupt again despite tremors, July 1980Mt St. Helens not expected to erupt again despite tremors, July 1980 Fri, Jul 4, 1980 – Page 32 · Santa Cruz Sentinel (Santa Cruz, California) · Newspapers.comMt. St. Helens climate effectMt. St. Helens climate effect Mon, Sep 22, 1980 – Page 59 · Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan) · Newspapers.comMt. St. Helens damage costMt. St. Helens damage cost Fri, Mar 27, 1981 – 13 · The Daily Spectrum (Saint George, Utah) · Newspapers.comMt. St. Helens a decade after the eruptionMt. St. Helens a decade after the eruption Sun, May 13, 1990 – 279 · Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) · Newspapers.comMt. St. Helens Mt. St. Helens "emits giant plume" October 2004 Sat, Oct 2, 2004 – Page 64 · The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) · Newspapers.comA timeline of Mt. St. HelensA timeline of Mt. St. Helens Sun, Feb 17, 2008 – Page 121 · The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) · Newspapers.com
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