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By Barbara Smith
May 18, 2012 6 p.m.
"When we turned on the radio, the first thing we heard was: 'We're all in this together.' We were terrified. WHAT had happened?!?"
By Dawn Smith
May 18, 2012 4:23 p.m.
"I remember watching the cloud of ash continue to grow larger and larger until it overtook the sky. It was an amazing sight and one that I will never forget."
By J. Alec West
May 18, 2012 4:14 p.m.
" I can remember hearing a low rumbling sound. And though some snow was on the ground, I could feel that the ground was (ahem) warm. So, we decided to go back."
By James Hall
May 19, 2011 2:45 p.m.
"What an anniversary present -- an erupting volcano."
By Dan Walker
May 18, 2011 11:03 a.m.
"I doubt these have actually been seen by many people, as I found them stuffed at the bottom of a photo box."
By Tammy Hughes
May 18, 2011 10:32 a.m.
The May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens put an exclamation point on her 21st birthday celebration.
By Virginia Kinnaman
May 30, 2010 9:45 a.m.
"If the wind would have changed directions, there would have been an extreme panic and we, along with everyone else on that highway, would have been added to the deadly statistics."
By Amber Seppala
May 19, 2010 8:39 p.m.
Childhood memories include an interrupted church service, a bucket of ash and a fascination with Harry S. Truman.
By Wiley Lusk
May 18, 2010 5:58 p.m.
Motorcycle trip with his kids took a turn when they realized all those people were watching the eruption of Mount St. Helens.
By Wiley Lusk
May 18, 2010 5:37 p.m.
Real estate agent's client slipped past roadblocks to spend the night of May 17, 1980, with his girlfriend at a cabin on Spirit Lake. They were killed the next morning.
By Glenn Tribe
May 18, 2010 2:29 p.m.
His company provided pumps that protected area until a diversion tunnel could be completed.
By Neil Pope
May 18, 2010 12:10 p.m.
"As we watched the ash plume rise into the air, we knew that all we would have left were our memories."
By David Sanks
May 18, 2010 10:33 a.m.
"It was decided to cut our trip short and race back to Portland to save our homes. My thought was: How stupid. If that was the case, it was already too late and there wasn't a damn thing you could do about saving your home."
By Paul Hilby
May 18, 2010 7:36 a.m.
"For the next month, riding the bus to FVHS down 78th Street gave us a great view of the eruption. The awesomeness and awareness of the loss of life stays with me."
By Mike McDonald
May 17, 2010 9:46 p.m.
Central Washington University students up for a Sunday morning get-together got an eye-popping view of the eruption - and soon found themselves buried in a blizzard of ash.