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Mt. St. Helens eruption anniversary

Mt. St. Helens video - USGSToday (5/18) marks the 32nd anniversary of the catastrophic eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980. The eruption tragically killed 57 people, lowered the mountain's elevation by 1,134 feet and ejected 3.7 billion cubic yards of material from the earth. Check out this U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) video to learn more about the eruption and its aftermath.

Click here for information about the eruption prepared by the USGS and click here for a live image of Mt. St. Helens.

Many of the actions needed to prepare for a volcanic eruption apply to all types of emergencies - making a plan, getting an emergency kit and staying informed. Click here for resources on what you can do before, during and after an eruption.

You can stay informed about an eruption and other regional emergencies and disruptions by visiting and signing up to receive notifications by landline phone, cell phone or email.