Mt.Saint Helens Eruption

Josh Sutton

The Eruption of Mt. Saint Helens

It really wasn’t a surprise that Mt. Saint Helens Erupted considering the fact that it is on the Ring of Fire, a ring of active volcanoes at the Pacific Ocean basin. Mt. Saint Helens seems to erupt every 100 to 150 years with its last eruption being in 1857. It has kept this pattern consistently for as long we have known about Mt. Saint Helens. Around the time of the eruption Scientist had seen signs of an explosive eruption and officials had suggested people evacuate but some people wouldn’t go.


This Was Not a Normal Eruption

This wasn’t a normal volcano eruption. The Eruption of Mt. Saint Helens caused a lot of damage. It killed about 57 people and destroyed over 250 homes in Washington . It also holds the spot as the most economically devastating volcanic event in U.S. history. The eruption spread rocks and debris all around the volcano killing everything in its path including forest animals and many habitats.


What Happened as a Result

Many things happened as a result of this eruption. Many people and animals lost their homes. Washington also had to rebuild after the eruption because so much got destroyed. This was considered an economic crisis for Washington because of all the rebuilding they had to do. Climates were affected across the world because of all the ash traveling through the atmosphere. Now Mt. Saint Helens is a research center used by scientist like volcanologist to further expand our knowledge on volcanoes.



Why was this Important

This was an important event in U.S. history because it changed the way many people see volcanic eruptions, was an economic crisis and affected the whole world. It also broke U.S. record for most economically devastating volcanic event in U.S. history.
Volcano Eruption Mount St. Helens May 18, 1980 USGS

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