Mount St. Helens - Community Submissions
"When we turned on the radio, the first thing we heard was: 'We're all in this together.' We were terrified. WHAT had happened?!?"
"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."
" 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."
"What an anniversary present -- an erupting volcano."
"I doubt these have actually been seen by many people, as I found them stuffed at the bottom of a photo box."
The May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens put an exclamation point on her 21st birthday celebration.
"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."
Childhood memories include an interrupted church service, a bucket of ash and a fascination with Harry S. Truman.
Motorcycle trip with his kids took a turn when they realized all those people were watching the eruption of Mount St. Helens.
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.
His company provided pumps that protected area until a diversion tunnel could be completed.
"As we watched the ash plume rise into the air, we knew that all we would have left were our memories."
"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."
"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."
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.