A Gigantic Mat of Floating Tree Trunks on Spirit Lake

Photo: Stephan Schulz

The May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, a volcano located in state of Washington, was one of the most destructive events in the history of the United States. In just a matter of hours, the north face of the volcano collapsed creating a huge landslide – the largest debris avalanche in recorded history – that moved swiftly towards the surrounding lakes and the North Fork Toutle River valley leaving a trail of destruction 27 km long. Located only about 5 miles north-northeast of the volcanic  crater, Spirit Lake received the full impact of the lateral blast.

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Rumor has it there are some trophy sized fish in Spirit Lake but researchers fought a bill in the Washington’s Legislature that would have allowed limited rainbow trout fishing in the lake for the first time since the 1980 eruption.

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