The Cataclysmic Eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980

TLDR The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens was a violent and cataclysmic natural disaster that resulted in the destruction of a 230-square-mile area, disrupted air travel, and caused the deaths of 57 people. Despite ongoing volcanic activity, Mount St. Helens can now be visited and climbed, and the eruption continues to be remembered for its lasting impact.

Timestamped Summary

00:00 Mount St. Helens, a stratovolcano in southern Washington State, exploded in 1980, causing a violent and cataclysmic natural disaster that forever changed the landscape.
02:26 Mount St. Helens is part of the Ring of Fire and is one of several volcanoes in the Cascade Mountains, with its name given by British naval officer George Vancouver in 1792.
04:33 Mount St. Helens became active again in 1980 with thousands of small earthquakes, steam vents, and a growing bulge on the north face of the mountain, causing concern for a potential massive eruption.
06:42 On May 18th, 1980, an earthquake triggered the collapse of the north face of Mount St. Helens, resulting in a massive pyroclastic flow that destroyed everything in a 230-square-mile area and was heard as far away as British Columbia, Montana, and Northern California.
08:46 The eruption of Mount St. Helens caused widespread ashfall, disrupted air travel, and resulted in the deaths of 57 people, including Harry Truman, with additional eruptions occurring in the weeks following the initial eruption.
10:53 Mount St. Helens has continued to have volcanic activity, but it is now possible to visit the mountain and climb it, and while the eruption was not one of the biggest in history, it captured public attention and could erupt again in the future.
12:55 The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens was a significant event for those who experienced it, and while it wasn't the first or largest eruption, it left a lasting impact.
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