Mount St. Helens - Community Submissions
Seven-year-old grew up watching ecosystems recover from the May 18 blast. Now he works in the natural sciences himself.
Reporter with Skamania County Pioneer rubs elbows with Secret Service agents and media stars when President Jimmy Carter came to view eruption's impact.
"My family and I drove up to Johnston Ridge Observatory Saturday for the first time, and we were amazed at the scenery."
The morning of May 18, 1980 found myself and the crew of the USS Rogers (DD876) on our way back from reserve training San Diego CA to her home port in Portland Oregon.
"When I went back to my ship ten days later, I took a number of the ash filled pens they were selling and handed them out. I will never forget the sight of the size of the ash cloud blowing out of the mountain."
"It was an amazing spectacle to witness."
"I told the kids to pick up their fish and start back to the car, but they didn't want to quit catching all of the fish. I quickly grabbed their poles and fish from them and told them to start running toward the car. They still did not know really what was going on until they saw the huge plume coming out of the mountain."
"It still amazes me that the airspace was not closed until noon that day. There were at least half a dozen planes flying that morning; none of us should have been up there!"
"I called the local radio station to alert them that the mountain was REALLY erupting, only to be told: 'Oh, that is happening often, and people are always calling us.'"
"We thought our lives would never be the same, after we had to live with -- and try not to breathe in -- all of the ash for several days and weeks."
"We arrived at the dock in time that evening to meet my husband, and he was shocked to see the car covered in ash and what I imagine were 'deer-in-the-headlights' expressions on our faces."
Couple hustled to get an unforgettable view of "The Mountain's" eruption - but had left in such a hurry that they forgot their camera.
Battle Ground woman witnessed eruptions without worry - until wondering later what might have happened if the mountain had exploded in a different direction.
A day after being a few miles west of Mount St. Helens, he took a trip to the coast and didn't hear about the eruption until his return.
Couple realizes weeks later that the source of a mysterious Sunday morning boom had been the eruption of Mount St. Helens.