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Send me your Mt. Saint Helens Memories

April 30, 2010, 7:01 AM


Mt. Saint Helens erupting in 1980.

As many of you might (or might not) now, we're heading towards the 30th anniversary of the dramatic eruption of Mt. Saint Helens in Washington state. Now, I could fill a book with the information out there on the volcano and the eruption, but instead, I think it would be more interesting to get your takes on the eruption. I have to admit, I was all of three when the eruption occurred, so my memories of the event are hazy at best, but if you have any memories, reactions or thoughts you want to share on the events leading up to the eruption, the eruption itself and the aftermath, please email them to me at email.jpg.

I will compile them for a post commemorating the May 18, 1980 eruption.

 

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