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On this day: the Mount St Helens eruption, 18 May 1980 18 May 2008

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May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. USGS Photograph taken on May 18, 1980, by Robert Krimmel.

On this day twenty-eight years ago, 18 May 1980, Mount St Helens in Washington State, USA, erupted in the most destructive and deadly volcanic eruption in United States history. Fifty-seven people were killed, over one billion dollars of economic damage done, and vast stretches of landscape laid waste by this cataclysmic event.

Global Volcanism Program: Mount St. Helens – summary information for Mount St Helens (1201-05-)
CVO Menu – Mount St. Helens, Washington – Cascades Volcano Observatory main page for Mount St Helens
CVO Menu – Mount St. Helens – May 18, 1980 – links to a large number of USGS publications and other resources dealing with the eruption
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument – an 110,000-acre area around the volcano, created ‘for research, recreation and education’
Mt St Helens – 25 Years Later – online feature from local Washington newspaper The Daily News, created in 2005 for the 25th anniversary of the eruption

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1. Fresh Bilge » Where Were You… - 19 May 2008

[…] …the day Saint Helens blew? It was 28 years ago today. Tim and I were driving from Minneapolis to a lake place in western Wisconsin when we heard on the car radio that the expected eruption had come, and that it was really big. I was instantly frustrated because I knew there would be no TV at the cabin — just a bunch of queens who didn’t know a volcano from a hole in the ground. Posted at 9:57 PM | | […]

2. Lisa Gentry - 19 May 2008

It was also the 84th anniversary of the fatal explosive eruption of Halema`uma`u Crater. Both eruptions took place on a Sunday and killed a man named Truman, says HVO geologist Don Swanson who has studied both eruptions.

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