On May 18, 1980 at 8:32 on a spring Sunday morning, Mount St. Helens erupted. Lasting more than 9 hours, the eruption blew more than 150 square miles of forest down. It was the most catastrophic volcanic eruption in the history of the U.S.
Thirty years later, it is a land of contrasts. Amidst the gray “moonscape” features, plants and trees grow. But one only has to look out over the horizon to see evidence of the massive explosion that changed the landscape forever. Just think: The 1980 eruption released 24 megatons of thermal energy! Fallen trees are visible for miles and slowly erode with the elements of passing seasons.
ABOUT THE VIDEO
The pre-1980s St. Helens photo shown at :58 seconds into the video gives you a great public domain image of what the mountain once looked like. I filmed the rest of the clips in June 2010, 30 years after the volcano’s monstrous eruption on May 18, 1980.