Mt St Helens

Plane Views Over Washington

Mt. St. Helens is one of the volcanoes of the Cascade Range. It caught the world's attention when it erupted in 1980, blowing off its top and part of its side, creating a huge blast zone and sending lahars down the surrounding rivers, reducing the depth of a 4-mile stretch of the Columbia River by 25 feet.

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Mt. St. Helens (S11A0006)
This is a view of Mt. St. Helens from the east. The blast zone heads off to the north (right).

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The Mt. St. Helens Blast Zone (S11A0007)
This is a view of the blast zone, featuring Spirit Lake in the middle and the Toutle River flowing off to the west. Trees downed during the 1980 explosion still float on the surface of Spirit Lake.

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Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams (S11A1037)
This view of Mt. St. Helens is from the west, and includes the north (left) and south (right) forks of the Toutle River. Mt. Adams, another Cascades volcano, is 31 miles in the distance.

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Mt. St. Helens (U07A2767)
Here is a closer view of the collapsed north face of the mountain.

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