- from Ecology
On Sunday, May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens blew its top. The volcano erupted with the force of several atomic bombs.
Just a two-hour drive from downtown Seattle, it blew down and scorched 230 square miles of forest. In many places, nothing survived. By now, lots of plants and animals have come back. It will be another 200 years before hardwood forests dominate the area again. But, as it turns out, the volcano’s destruction was one of nature’s many ways of renewing itself.