The catastrophic eruption of Mount St. Helens • Earth.com

Last update: November 13th, 2019 at 11:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features Mount St. Helens, where a devastating volcanic eruption killed 57 people and thousands of animals on May 18, 1980.

The volcanic event, which was the most destructive in the history of the United States, caused the largest landslide ever recorded and triggered the eruption of highly-pressured molten lava and rock. A column of ash was shot 80,000 feet into the air and drifted across 12 states. Nearly 150 square miles of forest were either damaged or destroyed by the blast.

This image was captured on June 25, 2017 from the International Space Station.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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