after a last view we leave the park
the volcano is still active and generates its own clouds
climbing the stairs towards the upper Windy Ridge Viewpoint
here all the trees were leveled.
Mount St Helens
is an active stratovolcano that sits on the Cascadia subduction zone
in Washington State. The mountain was nicknamed
Mount Fuji of America because of the resemblance to its Japanese counterpart.
That all changed on May 18 1982 when a
eruption blew 400 meters of the top, ejecting 3 km3 of material.
Hot mudflows thundered down the rivers destroying many bridges, houses, railways and highways.
The shockwave alone knocked
down trees many kms away, the trunks pointing nicely away from the blastzone.
The eruption killed 57 people and caused huge
We visited here in July 2001 and saw that Mother Nature is doing her best but the damage is
still very visible.
new growth is covering most of the scars
but dead trees are silent witnesses of the dramatic events 19 years ago
at Windy Ridge you have a great view of Spirit Lake
the view here is magnificent
watch the big bulge in the crater, there is magma below!