The volcano next door


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The calmest eruption

More than anything, scientists say, Mount St. Helens' 2004-2008 dome-building eruption showed the world how gentle a killer can become.

A mountain of numbers

Eight things you must know about Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens Timeline

A look at the history of Southwest Washington's resident volcano.

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'Spiders' weave web around volcano

On a gray Tuesday morning, a bevy of scientists clustered around a set of 14 peculiar silver boxes in a gravel parking lot near Mount St. Helens. Anticipation was high as the group waited for the sun to burn through a blanket of low-hanging clouds. A helicopter waited nearby to hoist the packages into the volcano’s crater and around the mountain flanks, putting the sensors into position to measure every volcanic hiccup.

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Mount St. Helens’ Russian sister

In the late summer of 1991, Rick Hoblitt stepped out of a hulking Soviet helicopter in a mountainous stretch of Russian wilderness. Hoblitt took in the 9,453-foot peak looming on the horizon. A veteran volcanologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Hoblitt had been dispatched to this corner of Russia’s remote Kamchatka Peninsula to seek valuable insight from a mountain said to strongly resemble the one he left behind in Southwest Washington.

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Rebirth race

Forest or mountaintop, which will come first? In a colossal race between natural processes, scientists are watching geological and ecological forces race each other in real time. Some are beginning to wonder whether the mountain will rebuild its once-conical top before a forest returns to its eruption-scarred surroundings.


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When nature turns deadly


'Beyond imagining'


Narrow escapes


Recollections of May 18

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