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Volcano-Mt. St. Helens

Volcano-Mt. St. Helens
Photo Information
Copyright: Philip Gerald (philip) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 11] (129)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-23
Categories: Mountain
Exposure: f/7.0, 1/600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mount St.Helens, Volcanoes and Volcanic Areas [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-01 10:07
Viewed: 6261
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On May 18, 1980, this world famous volcano erupted. It was triggered by a magnitude 5.1 earthquake about a mile beneath the volcano. Detectable amounts of ash covered 22,000 square miles. Before the eruption the mountain was 9,677 feet (2,975 m)tall and after the eruption the mountain was about 8,525 feet (2,600 m)tall. 57 people died directly from the blast of the eruption. There was also a plane crash, a car accident, and others that killed a total of 7 more people. The ash spread across the U.S. in 3 days and completely circled the earth in 15 days. For many cities in Washington State, day turned to night in the middle of the day because the ash was so thick in the sky. Many people that hadn't yet heard the news thought that the world was coming to an end. If you visit the mountain today, much of the wild life has recovered but there is still a lot of progress to be made. If you're ever in Washington, this is a great place to visit.


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Very nice and crisp shot of Mt St Helens, Phil. Love the blue hues around, and the crisp detail you got in the snowy patterns towards the summit. Good to see this unobscured view; when I was in the area in 2002 I unfortunately had a quite overcast day. Stay safe in Iraq, and all the best.

Hey - and now for something completely different. Not an animal or a plant in sight - and still it is Nature at her best. Did you take this from a plane? There seems to be blue hue that is not 100% original. I will copy it to my machine and maybe do a WS. All the best.

Very nice photo, but only one problem! This is not St. Helens! Its Mount Rainier! You can tell its the South Fave because little Tahoma is on the right of this photo and from my house you see it from the North Face. Very nice description of St. Helens. But its still very nice! Cheers Josh Lewis.

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