Mt. St. Helens on May 18, 1980, the Pacific Northwest’s premier natural disaster of the 20th century. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.
Colfax firefighters helped with traffic control on U.S. Highway 95 for what little traffic there was on the day after the mountain blew up. 1980 file Photo by Barry Kough of the Lewiston Tribune.
Fine volcanic ash from Mt. St. Helens kept most people indoors at Colfax the day after, except a few who disregarded the health warnings and use of respirators. 1980 file photo by Barry Kough of the Lewiston Tribune.
Fine volcanic ash is kicked up into a billowing rooster tail behind a car on U.S Highway 95 bwteen Lewiston and Colfax on Monday May 19, 1980. File photo by Barry Kough of the Lewiston Tribune.
A sense of humor always helps in a crisis. 1980 file photo by Barry Kough of the Lewiston Tribune.
Mowing the grass was a nasty job after the ash fell, even wearing a respirator. 1980 file photo by the Lewiston Tribune.
Ash left by the eruption coated everything in its path, and lingered in the fields for years. 1980 file photo by Barry Kough of the Lewiston Tribune.
The crater left behind by its 1980 eruption is visible in this photograph of Mt. St. Helens taken in 2010. Photo by William Spence of the Lewiston Tribune.