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Current situation reminds locals of 1980 eruption


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SWEEPING ASH from the parking lot of the former Harwood Motel in Plains were Frank Goettlich (left) and Scott Derrickson.

It was almost 40 years ago that the Northwest was in the midst of a different kind of crisis. On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted in Skamania County, Washington, resulting in the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in U.S. history. The eruption killed 57 people and de...

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