Mount St. Helens From Space

I thought I realized how powerful the 1980 blast at Mount St. Helens was, until I saw this photograph from the International Space Station, taken by a Russian astronaut. (Front page image, by the way, is by Rocky Kolberg.)

Wow! Granted that meteorological processes have been working on the debris for 35 years, that’s just a blink of the eye in geoscience terms. The complete local scale of that eruption’s initial and ongoing effects can only can be seen from space – what an incredible amount of energy was released in that eruption. And it was only a VEI 5, barely.


Note the new mountain edifice aborning inside the crater. You can watch it grow at eye level here at the Forest Service’s VolcanoCam.

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