Photos: The 1980 Mt. St. Helens Eruption


Mount St. Helens erupts with steam and ash to about 17,000 feet after being quiet for several months, Feb. 5, 1981. The volcano, located 45 miles northeast of Portland, Wash., has been active since March 27. Behind the plume is Mount Rainier, a dormant volcano. (AP Photo/Jack Smith)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980 at 8:32 a.m., killing 57 people. The entire north face of the mountain slid away, creating the largest landslide ever recorded. Soon after, volcanic ash hugged the entire globe

Where We Live: The 40th anniversary of Mount St. Helens eruption
KOIN Video Vault: The eruption of Mount St. Helens

On the 40-year anniversary of the historic disaster, we look back at some of the jaw-dropping scenes of the eruption’s aftermath:

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