Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | May 21, 2009

Kentucky environment attorney Sanders says May 18, 2009 was 29th Anniversary of Mt. St. Helens’ eruption!

May 18th was the 29th anniversary of Mt. St. Helens’ eruption in Washington state.  The blast devastated 596 square kilometers (229 square miles) and destroyed timber valued at several million dollars. 

I remember the eruption like it was yesterday, as I was senior in college majoring in science.  The blast captivated our science department.  In 1990, my wife and I traveled to the visitor’s center at Mt. St. Helens’ National Park and hiked to the outlooks to view the mountain from a safe distance

Mt. St. Helens

Mt. St. Helens

.  The devastation was still evident in the forest and, of course, the missing portion of the mountain’s summit. 

Mount St. Helens, located in southwestern Washington about 50 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon, is one of several lofty volcanic peaks that dominate the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest; the range extends from Mount Garibaldi in British Columbia, Canada, to Lassen Peak in northern California.

Take a look at this YouTube video of the CBS Evening News coverage of the volcanic eruption soon after it happened.

 Wired also has some great images from before/during/after the events of May 18, 1980.

 I also recommend the following website:


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