Volcano Magazine

Mount Saint Helens-The Inside Story

by Brittany M.

Mount Saint Helens - The First Eruption

"It was an exciting yet terrifying experience and that's the only way I can describe the first eruption."

On sunday May 18, 1980 at 8:32 A.M., I was on my way back from covering a story in my private helicopter, when I found another exciting story. We were 20 kilometers away from Mount Saint Helens when it first erupted. It erupted with a horizontal blast which took down 250 square miles of wilderness. The inside of the blast's temperature reached 582 degrees Celsius. The beautiful scenery we had seen on the way to the other story was now a virtual moonscape. Mount Saint Helens continually ejected ash for about nine hours.

Facts about Mount Saint Helens

Mount Saint Helens is located in Washington state. It is still an active volcano, but the scenery is finally growing back. After the enormous eruption the volcano continued to erupt until 1986.

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