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Mount St. Helens 40th Anniversary — Hazard Communication

Forty years ago, on May 18th, 1980, Mount St. Helens produced the largest observed eruption in the coterminus United States. This eruption had profound impacts on human life and the science of volcanology, as well as on hazard preparedness, communication, and forecasting.


Events & Resources

The 1980 Eruption

Science of Volcanology

Hazard Communication



How do volcanologists communicate their findings and warn the public about these potential hazards? Making sure people stay safe during an eruption is possible with effective and practiced communication.

Teams for Hazard Communication


Interview with Tina Neal



The role of scientists is to understand the volcano and what might happen as activity progresses. The response to help communities involves different agencies and different methods of communication. The US Geological Survey Hawaii Volcano Observatory Scientist in Charge Tina Neal talks about what this response looks like in the age of the internet and social media, with the 2018 Kilauea eruption as a modern example.

Tina Neal, Scientist in Charge, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Lessons Learned and Applied



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Aviation Threats



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Hazard Maps



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