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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-02867

The material in the lateral blast from Mount St. Helens on 18 May 1980 had a velocity of at least 100 m/s (224 miles per hour), perhaps much higher. It completely removed large trees standing near the volcano, and reached a distance of 30 km, blowing down mature trees like matchsticks. The blast devastated 600 km2 over a broad area north of the volcano. Photo by John Dvorak, 1980 (U.S. Geological Survey).

The material in the lateral blast from Mount St. Helens on 18 May 1980 had a velocity of at least 100 m/s (224 miles per hour), perhaps much higher. It completely removed large trees standing near the volcano, and reached a distance of 30 km, blowing down mature trees like matchsticks. The blast devastated 600 km2 over a broad area north of the volcano.

Photo by John Dvorak, 1980 (U.S. Geological Survey).

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Keywords: lateral blast | deposit | environmental impact


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