May 18, 1980: Mount St. Helens Erupts
On this day in 1980, Mount St. Helens in Washington State erupted as a result of an earthquake. One of the greatest natural disasters of our time, the eruption killed 57 people, sheared 1,300 feet off the summit of the mountain, and turned a pristine forested landscape into a barren, lifeless wasteland.
30 years after the massive eruption…could it happen again? Watch NOVA’s “Mt. St. Helens: Back From the Dead” to find out.