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Color from Chaos - Mt. St. Helens by JamesA1

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Wildflowers bloom in the path of Mt St Helens volcanic chaos where the debris avalanche and mudflows buried the Toutle valley to a depth of almost 50 meters. The eruption lasted for 9 hours. 57 people lost their lives, or are still considered missing, 250 square miles of land was damaged, “Countless” animals were killed – estimates are 7,000 big game animals and millions of birds, fish, and small mammals.
The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, a stratovolcano located in Washington state, in the United States, was a major volcanic eruption. The eruption (which was a VEI 5 event) was the only significant one to occur in the contiguous 48 U.S. states since the 1915 eruption of Lassen Peak in California. The eruption was preceded by a two-month series of earthquakes and steam-venting episodes, caused by an injection of magma at shallow depth below the volcano that created a huge bulge and a fracture system on Mount St. Helens’ north slope. An eruption column rose 80,000 feet (24,400 m) into the atmosphere and deposited ash in 11 U.S. states. At the same time, snow, ice and several entire glaciers on the volcano melted, forming a series of large lahars (volcanic mudslides) that reached as far as the Columbia River, nearly fifty miles (eighty kilometers) to the southwest. Less severe outbursts continued into the next day only to be followed by other large but not as destructive eruptions later in 1980 (from wikipedia).
Johnston Ridge Observatory, Mt. St Helens, Washington, USA

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  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaover 3 years ago

    OMG, this spectacular. Love the flowers and the mountain. Amazing colours too.

  • I was really surprised when I got to Mt. St. Helens that there was so many wildlfowers in bloom….it was a great to see. Thanks Teresa!

    – JamesA1

  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesover 3 years ago

    Looks unreal James! :) Top shot! :)

    Gabe :)

  • Thanks Gabe!

    – JamesA1

  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesover 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot and colours,thanks for the interesting history too

  • Thanks Trudi…appreciate the comment!

    – JamesA1

  • Helen Akerstrom Photography
    Helen Akerstro...over 3 years ago

    Amazing pov !

  • Thanks Helen…I got a little dirt on my knees for some of these pictures :)

    – JamesA1

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 3 years ago


  • Thanks Lorilee!

    – JamesA1

  • Eivor Kuchta
    Eivor Kuchtaover 3 years ago

    Wonderful colors, James!

  • Thansk Eivor…the area has a long way to go, but it is starting to come alive with wild flowers and animal life.

    – JamesA1

  • annalisa bianchetti
    annalisa bianc...over 3 years ago


  • Thanks annalisa!

    – JamesA1

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 3 years ago

    Absolutely marvelous!!!! Simply amazing!!

  • Thanks Cee…glad you like it!

    – JamesA1

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 3 years ago

    how very beautiful!

  • Thanks Charmiene for having a look!

    – JamesA1

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTover 3 years ago

    Beautiful scenic shot James.

  • Thanks JHR…you got some nice pics!

    – JamesA1

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