On this day in 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted. I remember when it happened as it was the first volcanic eruption on mainland North America in decades (1915, to be precise – the only other one in the 20th century) and 57 people were killed as a result.
We haven’t had a volcanic eruption causing such amount death subsequently. Although mainland Canada and the United States apparently have a lot of volcanoes –see this list.
Here’s the back side
“Norway Pass, a popular destination for hikers, offers this powerful view of Mount St. Helens and Spirit Lake. Young trees and wild flowers hold the promise of an emerging forest.”
“We were here yesterday, but oh what a dreary, sad place! X had a good hike at Mt. Rainier. Today we started down the Oregon coast and tonight as we ate diner we watched sea lions play in the harbour.”