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The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Monday, January 21, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Mt. St. Helens

On the morning of May 18, 1980 a magnitude 5.1 earthquake triggered an eruption of the volcano, throwing an eruption column 80,000 feet into the sky, with ash eventually blanketing 11 states. 57 people were killed in what has been declared the worst volacnic eruption in United States history.