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Mount St. Helens remembered: 'God is speaking'
Twenty years later, Bob Gross clearly remembers the strange sonic boom that rattled the windows of his home in Eastern Washington. Many of his neighbors heard that distant rumble the morning of May 18, 1980. But none linked it to the Mount St. Helens volcano whose geological murmurings had been getting so much attention on the far side of the Cascades. [May 14, 2000]

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Mount St. Helens: Lessons in life from the zone of destruction
These days, a tour among the ashes reveals a landscape consumed with the business of righting itself. Once so lunar that Hollywood tried to rent it as a Star Trek sound stage, the place is exuberant with pocket gophers, spiders, moss and bouquets of blushing paintbrush. [May 15, 2000]

Mount Rainier: Danger at our door
After Mount St. Helens blew in 1980, scientists took a closer look at Mount Rainier, which hasn't blown in a big way for 1,000 years. They now recognize it as the most dangerous mountain in the United States. [May 16, 2000]

Mount St. Helens remembered: Volcano drew 3 million visitors last year
In tour buses and station wagons, with strollers and with canes, from as far as England and Israel, they come to the place where massive plumes of smoke billowed 20 years ago today, commanding the world's attention. [May 16, 2000]

Johnston Ridge hike reveals rebirth at Mount St. Helens
Before I ever ventured out to Mount St. Helens, the mountain came to me. On May 18, 1980, I was picking mushrooms with my family and friends in the Blue Mountains of Southeast Washington when I heard the boom and felt the ground shake. For the next 15 minutes, the air rattled with a sound like 100 planes going supersonic in the middle of a thunderstorm. We all knew instantly what it was. [May 25, 2000]

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