Mt St Helens

            St Helens

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                        While the 1980 eruption of Mt St Helens (USA) is one of the most well-known and thoroughly-studied volcanic events of our time it does not come close to accounting for the greatest loss of life. However, were there a large population surrounding the once-pristine waters of Spirit Lake in May of 1980, it would be a different story. When St Helens erupted the massive avalanche of debris that slid from the mountain crashed into the lake at its base with such force that a wave of water 250m high was sent smashing to shore. That’s over 6 times the height of the devastating tsunami unleashed by the Krakatoa eruption in 1883!

    

spirit lake - nasa

Photo Courtesy:  NASA

 

st helens on map

Image Courtesy:  Pennsylvania State University