Thirty years ago today, on May 18, Mt. St. Helens, not far from my hometown of Salem, Oregon, let loose.
I have visited the site many times and was also enthralled with books, particularly the ones with lots of pics, on the eruption and the various characters involved, including Harry Truman. I love odd eccentrics who live by their own code. Harry was certainly one of those. Some of his photo collection is at the University of Washington.
Check out this original broadcast on KATU, channel 2, in Portland. Dan Rather was subbing for Cronkite on the CBS Evening News that night. One mother, on her way to Sunriver with her kids, decided to film a bit along the way.
Wikipedia has articles on the mountain and the 1980 eruption. Nova on PBS dedicated an entire show to it. It’s fascinating to watch. Since the area’s wildlife and recovery are critical, the Forest Service has been given jurisdiction. It’s officially a national monument.
Stories in The Columbian, the newspaper in Vancouver, and NPR, partnering with National Geographic, focus on the ecology thirty years after total devastation. National Geographic also reports on how dangerous the volcano remains, has some interactive art and maps, and a photo gallery.
The Statesman Journal has a special section on the mountain. Discovery News has an interview with Don Swanson, one of the geologists at Mount St. Helens during the 1980 eruption. He was in Vancouver when it began and witnessed a majority of the eruption by air, hovering in a helicopter.
The Washington Post has a brief, but memory-provoking photo gallery. And Wired magazine has photographs showing a 30-year time lapse from space. The now web-only Seattle P-I has quite a bit of material on it. MSNBC also has an article on some of the science behind the explosiveness of the eruption itself.