Mount St. Helens Erupting
May 18, 1980 Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington killing 57 people and causing close to $3 billion in damage.  The stratovolcano would erupt again 2 years and 1 day later on May 19, 1982. It was recently reported that swarms of earthquakes have been detected as Mount St. Helens recharges with magma. About this photo: Taken near Woodland, Washington by Robert DeGraff on May 18th.  He was returning home to Portland from Seattle.  Photo Credit: Robert DeGraff / Flickr

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Correction: our original posting incorrectly stated that the eruption took place in 1982.

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