"On May 18th, 1980, thirty years ago today, at 8:32 a.m., the ground shook beneath Mount St. Helens in Washington state as a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck, setting off one of the largest landslides in recorded history - the entire north slope of the volcano slid away. As the land moved, it exposed the superheated core of the volcano setting off gigantic explosions and eruptions of steam, ash and rock debris. The blast was heard hundreds of miles away, the pressure wave flattened entire forests, the heat melted glaciers and set off destructive mudflows, and 57 people lost their lives. The erupting ash column shot up 80,000 feet into the atmosphere for over 10 hours, depositing ash across Eastern Washington and 10 other states. Collected here are photos of the volcano and its fateful 1980 eruption." via


Blogger noirohio vintage said...

gnarly. those photos are amazing.

May 19, 2010 at 12:24 AM  
Blogger Sister Wolf said...

!!! Incredible.

May 19, 2010 at 12:29 AM  
Anonymous Metalographer said...

Such a good eye for photographs, that's what keeps me coming back to check up on your blog.

May 19, 2010 at 1:40 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

wowzers, thanks for this - I wasnt aware and am glad that I now am.

May 19, 2010 at 2:35 PM  

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