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Thirty Years Since Mount St. Helens Devastation

Everything was calm in beautiful Skamania County, Washington, until May 18, 1980. Then, a massive stratovolcano unleashed its rage, obliterating 230 square miles around it. It was Mount St. Helens. This video show how things have changed since then.

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1.5 million metric tons of sulfur dioxide were released during the largest known avalanche in history, resulting in 57 casualties and a dramatic landscape change. From the Garden of Eden to the Plains of Hell in a few minutes. It has taken thirty years, as these images from the Landsat satellites show, to get a closer to its original state.

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Wow. That lake to the upper right of the mountain sure moves a hell of a lot each year.