MOUNT ST. HELENS NATIONAL VOLCANIC MONUMENT

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Currently in Silver Creek WA (Low 50 Clouds and Sun possible Rain High 77) 

Yesterday we drove to Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and it blew us away 🙂

From Wikipedia, “Mount St. Helens is most notorious for its catastrophic eruption on May 18, 1980. It is the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States. Fifty-seven people were killed; 250 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles of railways, and 185 miles of highway were destroyed. A massive landslide triggered by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale caused an eruption that reduced the elevation of the mountain’s summit from 9,677 ft to 8,365 ft, replacing it with a 1 mile wide horseshoe-shaped crater. We drove to the Johnston Ridge Observatory, part of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument that was created to preserve the volcano and allow for its aftermath to be scientifically studied.

The observatory has a great film and a lot of exhibits. It was eerie in that some of the people interviewed for the videos showing outside of the film did not survive. A before and after photo is illuminating, this is posted near the observatory.



Here is our first glimpse as we drove in.



Further along the drive in.



A closeup showing the crater.