The volcano next door


When nature turns deadly

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The old man and the mountain

If a screenwriter had written a character like Harry Truman into the script of a volcano movie, it would have been scorned as a contrived and low-budget idea. But there he was, in the flesh, as chiseled as the bark of an old-growth fir, liquored up by his whiskey-and-Cokes, and defiant right to the day he was entombed by the guts of the mountain whose shadow he refused to leave.

External links

  • Interactive Map: Volcano's Victims Mouse over our interactive map to read more about the location and cause of death of those killed in the May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens. The map also shows the last known location of those whose bodies were never found.

The victims of Mount St. Helens

These are the 57 people who lost their lives in the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.

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Volcano’s toll hits close to home

The May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens was more than just a major news story for the staff of The Columbian. It carried a painful personal toll. Fay Blackburn lost her husband, and The Columbian lost one of its own.


Go inside the mountain


When nature turns deadly


'Beyond imagining'


Narrow escapes


Recollections of May 18