It has been three decades since Mount St. Helens blew, but the event still fascinates - and defines - Southwest Washington. Read our May 19, 1980, story here.
They were only 60 seconds from safety, but getting there almost killed them
In the spring of 1980, as Mount St. Helens rumbled, Trixie Anders was among the hundreds of visitors who were drawn like moths to the flame. “I was hoping to see an eruption,” she said.
After sitting around their campfire until 3 a.m., Danny Jay Balch and Brian Thomas were sleeping in. Balch was jolted awake, and he realized something was happening when he saw his friend’s face.