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Tuesday, June 2, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Mount St. Helens at 40

After two months of increasing activity, Mount St. Helens erupted at 8:32 a.m. on Sunday, May 18, 1980. Eastern Washington and North Idaho residents didn’t expect the active mountain to have much of an impact here. They were wrong.


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Agriculture in a time of ash: Mount St. Helens eruption did little to stop momentum of record wheat year

Fears of a wheat harvest affected by the volcanic ash were short-lived as 1980 turned out to be a record year for the crop. Reports from the time show most agriculture in Eastern Washington and North Idaho were either largely unaffected by the cataclysmic eruption, or that larger market forces were at play in determining the success of crops and livestock.