40 Years Ago on May 18

Posted May 14, 2020 at 2:50 pm by

Eruption of Mount St. Helens, May 18, 1980 - WSDOT photo

It is one of those events that – if you were alive – you like­ly remember.

Where were you at 8:32 a.m. on Sun­day, May 18, 1980?

Mon­day marks 40 years since Mount St. Helens erupt­ed. Fifty-sev­en peo­ple died, and the way we look at the pow­er of nature was altered for­ev­er. This week WSDOT dug into the archives and shared some pow­er­ful images from the erup­tion, and the response, on their @WSDOT Insta­gram account.

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Categories: Nature


  1. A bar­racks at USCG Tra­cen Alame­da, CA — We had­n’t offi­cial­ly start­ed our pri­or ser­vice Coast Guard Boot Camp yet. We arrived on Fri­day and were con­fined to bar­racks over the week­end until Mon­day morn­ing. One mem­ber, last name Sin­clair was from Spokane and was very con­cerned about some peo­ple he knew liv­ing in the area.

    Comment by Miles Crossen on May 15, 2020 at 8:58 am
  2. I was asleep (like most 17 yr olds that ear­ly in the morn­ing) upstairs in our house on Grover Street right where the ele­men­tary school is now. It rat­tled our old turn of the cen­tu­ry home enough to wake me up and bring me down­stairs to find my mom in the liv­ing room won­der­ing if there was an earth­quake or explo­sion or some­thing. We looked around out­side for columns of black, bil­low­ing smoke and find­ing noth­ing went back to bed. But not before I said jok­ing­ly “maybe it was Mount St. Helens”, but real­ly not believ­ing it could have been.

    Comment by Tim Dustrude on May 15, 2020 at 10:05 am

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