When did Mount Saint Helens erupt?
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When did Mount Saint Helens erupt?

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Mount St. Helens' most significant eruption in modern times occurred on March 20, 1980. It was followed by additional eruptions between Dec. 7, 1989 to Jan. 6, 1990, Nov. 5, 1990 to Feb. 14, 1991, Oct.11, 2004, Mar. 8, 2005, and between Jan. 16, 2008 to July 10, 2008.

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Prior to the 1980 eruption, recorded eruptions from 19th century include a major eruption in 1800, followed by smaller eruptions between 1831 to 1857. During that time, the largest eruption occurred in 1842. Other major eruptions date to 1480, 400 B.C., 1200 B.C., 1600 B.C., 1900 B.C. and 2500 B.C. It experienced a 2,000-year eruptive period beginning 20,000 years ago and another eruptive period that ended about 35,000 years ago.

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    When is Mount St. Helens going to erupt again?

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    While it is not yet possible to predict volcanic eruptions decades in advance, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Cascades Volcano Observatory continually monitors Mount St. Helens to gather data for more accurate short-term predictive models. According to “Future Eruptions at Mount St. Helens,” this volcano is the most likely to erupt in the Cascade Mountains of Washington again in the coming decades.

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    When did Mount St. Helens erupt?

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    The largest eruption of Mount St. Helens in recent history occurred on May 18, 1980, when a cataclysmic eruption removed most of the northern face of the mountain. At 8:32 a.m. PDT, the summit collapsed into a rock debris avalanche that released a lateral gas explosion.

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    How many times has Mt. St. Helens erupted?

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    Mount St. Helens has erupted numerous times in its 300,000-year history, most notably on May 18, 1980. While much of its early history remains a mystery, geologic studies have concluded that Mount St. Helens is the most active volcano in the Pacific Northwest.

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    What effect did Mount St. Helens have?

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    The eruption of Mount St. Helens at 8:32 on May 18, 1980 was a major geological event that continues to have many effects on the 150 square miles surrounding the volcano. This eruption is classified as the worst volcanic disaster in United States history. In this explosion, the mountain lost its conical tip and 1,300 feet in elevation. Fifty-seven people and hundreds of animals lost their lives.

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