A serious subject: untouched photo of Mount St. Helens devastation area, near the NFD 94 Road approximately 5 miles east of Spirit Lake.
This was coming in from Randle, WA - the road goes south over Elk Pass. Taken on Sept. 19, 1984
, just two years after the area was proclaimed & made into a National Volcanic Monument. The initial ERUPTION was in May 1980, a laterial BLAST
that devastated several thousand acres of land on the northeast side of Mount St. Helens.
I had received permission from Gifford Pinchot forestry officials to view this particular area, located in the Clearwater Drainage. As you can see, the vegataton was completely burned, leveled and destroyed by the searing heat of a sudden volcanic blast and shock wave. I am in the picture for scale. As you can see on the ground to the right, some timber was completely melted; then fused back together again! Does anybody have a more recent photo of this area??? I would love to see it!
Photo was taken by the late Anna Lancaster.
This is what Mt. St. Helens looked like on that day.