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Mt. St. Helens Erupts


May 19, 1980, Mt. St. Helens Erupts

May 19, 1980: Mt. St. Helens erupts in what The Times called “the largest volcanic eruption in historic times in the contiguous United States.” The eruption killed 57 people, including 21 who were never found, The Times said. The victims included Spirit Lake lodge owner Harry Truman, 84, who refused to evacuate, telling Charles Hillinger, “If I was forced to leave it would kill me.”


March 30, 1980: Harry Truman tells Charles Hillinger he’s not leaving.

May 19, 1980, Mt. St. Helens Erupts

May 19, 1980, Mt. St. Helens

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