On May 18, 1980, at 8:32 AM local time, a major explosive eruption took place at a volcano in southwest Washington State. After months of earthquakes and smaller eruptions, Mt. St. Helens exploded. Over 1,000 feet of mountain was gone in just a few moments. And 57 people quickly died as hot volcanic ash, mudslides, and a fast-moving, incredibly hot cloud of death and destruction tore through miles of forest.  Why didn't many of these people heed warnings that a deadly explosion was imminent? Today we look into what geothermal activity led up to this eruption, how various government agencies, private companies, and everyday people reacted to months of conflicting reports, how volcanos are formed, why the explode, and much more! 

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