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September 3, 1980

September 1980 Timber Salvage

Weyerhaeuser Co. begins salvaging some of the 62,000 acres of timber and young plantations damaged by the blast.
June 13, 1980

June-October 1980 New Dome Forms

Continuing eruptions destroy a lava dome inside the crater. A new dome forms.
May 18, 1980

8:32 a.m. May 18, 1980 Historic Modern Eruption

St. Helens’ eruption, with its lateral blast, debris avalanche, mudflows and floods, claims 57 lives and obliterates virtually everything within an eight-mile radius. An ash column […]
May 13, 1980

May 1980 Swelling North Face

Swelling on the north face creates an ominous bulge. Hundreds of earthquakes shake the mountain.
March 27, 1980

March 1980 Magnitude 4.1 earthquake

Magnitude 4.1 earthquake signals reawakening. Eruption of ash and steam March 27, opening a 250-foot crater.
February 1, 1800

1800’s Explosive Eruption

Mount St. Helens erupts explosively in 1800; intermittently from 1831 to 1857; then enters a 123-year quiet phase.
January 1, 1792

Mt. St. Helen’s is named by Captain Vancouver

Captain George Vancouver named the volcano for Britain’s ambassador to Spain, Alleyne Fitzherbert, also known as Baron St. Helens. Alleyne FitzHerbert, 1st Baron St Helens PC […]
May 18, 0001

Mt. St. Helens is Born 3,000 Years Ago

Most of Mount St. Helens is younger than 3,000 years old (younger than the pyramids of Egypt) Loowit Some Native American names that refer to smoke […]
May 3, 2019

Planetware: 20 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Washington State: #9:

When Mount St. Helens explosively erupted on May 18th, 1980, it reduced the peak by 1,300 feet and leveled much of the surrounding area. A cloud of ash rose 13 miles into the air.
August 8, 2019

2021 Cowlitz County Tourism Grant Program

Cowlitz County Tourism is now accepting applications for the 2020 Grant Program. This program is designed to assist events attempting to attract more visitors to our […]
September 13, 2019

The Ultimate Pacific Northwest stargazing road trip

Encompassing the areas of British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, the Pacific Northwest is a vast region of the Americas with towering mountains, awe-inspiring volcanoes, and […]
September 19, 2019
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Mt. St. Helens Eruption Stories

Are you interested in sharing your story of the eruption of Mount St Helens with Washington State Parks?