Mount Saint Helens, 30 years later

Mt. St. Helens eruption
Ash clouds
Mount Saint Helens erupted in a colossal explosion 30 years ago, on May 18, 1980 (incidentally, exactly a week before my little sister was born).

The eruption was so great that the entire northern side of the mountain was blasted off, leaving a huge crater. Several minor earthquakes and venting gases in the months before the eruption meant that many people were studying and observing the mountain, but people were shocked at the size of the eruption. Fifty-seven people died (not to mention hundreds of thousands of trees and untold wildlife), and ash blew as far away as Boston.

Speaking of Boston, the Boston Globe put together an amazing set of photos from the eruption. Be sure to visit the link to see all of them.

Here’s a youtube video of the eruption.

If you have an hour, I’d recommend watching this recent episode of the science show NOVA, which is about the eruption and the state of Mount St. Helens now, thirty years later. Is it getting ready to erupt again?

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7 Responses to Mount Saint Helens, 30 years later

  1. Aidan says:

    Wow, i cant believe the ash blew all the way to Boston.

  2. Thomas L. says:

    Hmm…. the youtube video didn’t work for me…. but I watched a portion of the NOVA video.

    AHHHHH! Was the Mt. Saint Helen’s volcano eruption bigger than the one in Iceland? I bet the wind currents blew the ash to Boston just like the Ejakafulluho (whatever the name is) ash to Europe.

  3. Ben says:

    how come when a volcano erupts the mountain doesn’t instantly melt?

  4. Griffin Tang says:

    Wow! thats cool! is it really that slow?

  5. Harrison says:

    This is also the cover story of Nat Geo. I didn’t read the article yet but it was something about how the life around the volcano is thriving.

  6. british boy says:

    That is so cool.
    I cant believe that the mountain just melted.
    How many people died or got hurt?

  7. Carter says:

    That video is pretty sweet did any people get hurt from that?

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