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'A real gut punch': Scientist recalls Mount St. Helens eruption

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 'A real gut punch': Scientist recalls Mount St. Helens eruption

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The 44th anniversary of the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens is approaching, a significant event that impacted many lives. Carolyn Driedger, a retired USGS scientist, shared her memories of the eruption and its aftermath. She recounted being near the volcano with colleagues before the eruption and heeding warnings from David Johnston to leave due to potential danger. Johnston's final radio transmission during the eruption became iconic. Driedger reflected on the devastation and her subsequent work in outreach and education about volcanic hazards. The story highlights personal experiences, lessons learned, and ongoing efforts to prepare communities for future volcanic events in the region.

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