These Dramatic Photos Of The Mount St. Helens Eruption Shed New Light On The Nightmarish Event

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Image: John Pallister/USGS

What started as an earthquake at 8:32 in the morning on May 18, 1980, became history’s largest-recorded landslide and, after that, the worst volcanic eruption in the history of the United States. The Mount St. Helens disaster in Washington state and beyond killed 57 people and changed the land and the lives of thousands. Only pictures can do the terror and devastation justice.

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