At 8:32 a.m., a 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook open Mount St. Helens in the state of Washington, in what was one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the continental United States since the early 1900s. The devastation to the landscape, the forests and the wildlife, was incalculable, and the lives of 57 people were lost that day. One man, Dave Crockett, was on site on a hunch; he documented his race against the volcano:
Note: it only took Jimmy Carter three days to declare a disaster and visit the area of devastation. Bonus points for the semi-bouffant and extremely geeky Dan Rather appearance, sitting in for Walter Cronkite on the linked video.
In an excellent recent article, USA Today delivers some interesting statistics about the event:
The devastation seemed complete. And then from the dead ashes life sprang up again. A quarter century after the blast and destruction, this is what the volcano looks like:
Life finds a way. Life always finds a way.