Tag Archive for: Mount St. Helens

Looking at Mount St. Helens in hindsight, and trying to assess the unknown danger of a volcano blast.


Government officials had plenty of time to ensure that everyone was safely evacuated from the area around Mount St. Helens, the Washington State volcano that erupted on May 18, 1980. The mountain had been showing signs that it might blow for months before that fatal Sunday. But logging interests, which owned most of the land around the volcano, were at odds with geologists over how big the danger zone should be. And no one anticipated the strength of the eruption, which spewed 540 million tons of ash into the air and killed 57 people. [Find out why Mount St. Helens is still dangerous.]


For this #tbt we’re looking at Mount St. Helens and the beginning of its 2004 eruption. While it wasn’t to the magnitude of its notable 1980 eruption, the 2004-08 eruption resulted in a remarkably rapid, though nearly steady, rate of dome growth. Check out the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)‘s youtube video for a time lapse of the dome on Mount St. Helens! #throwbackthursday

Check out the video HERE

A great read about Tara Bowen’s unique experience in the Mount St. Helens 1980 eruption. Check it out!


On the bright morning of May 18, 1980, 11-year-old Tara Bowen got out of bed just before 9 a.m. with one thing on her mind: the rebroadcast of Casey Kasem’s “American Top 40” radio countdown.