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Dave Crockett: Escaping from the 1980 St. Helens Eruption

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Published on Apr 20, 2009

News story about the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington State, including original footage shot by Dave Crockett on the mountain, as he tries to escape from the eruption in progress.

I remember being shown the original footage in grade school, in the mid-eighties in Portland, OR, not far from St. Helens. The version I remember was unedited, with fire in the sky. He started out filming from his car, but was hit by a small mudslide and continued on foot. I remember him running in the dark, panting in the ash, and saying over and over "This is hell on earth, this is hell on earth."

He made it out safely.

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