Welcome to Mt St Helens

When the smoke finally lifted, Mt St Helens sported a new mile-wide crater on its northern side and had lost 1300ft in height. Resolving to leave nature to its own devices, the Reagan administration created the 172-sq-mile Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument in 1982. A visit here today will demonstrate how, over three decades on, nature has restored much life to the mountain, although the devastation wreaked by the explosion is still hauntingly evident.

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Mt St Helens in detail