A virtual source for 40th eruptiversary activities, events, and resources. Explore Mount St. Helens from home with live videos and weekly challenges from Mount St. Helens Institute and our partners.
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Just because we're stuck at home doesn't mean we can't move mountains. To celebrate the 40th "Eruptiversary" of the volcano, join us for 45 minutes of explosive fun with Bill Nye the Volcano Guy in conversation with Mount St. Helens Institute and KING5.
Come together with the Portland Art Museum and Mount St. Helens Institute for a series of reflections on the art, culture, and science of the mountain’s ever-changing landscapes. Using the exhibition Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art as an entry point, Dawson Carr, The Janet and Richard Geary Curator of European Art, and self-described volcano nerd, will introduce the show and then welcome a range of special guests who consider specific works in the exhibition in relation to their own connections to the mountain.
This program features four northwest scientists who will present a review of Cascadia Region tectonics, volcanoes, volcanic hazards, and a summary of how the science and monitoring has evolved over the last 40 years. It will also include first person accounts of the buildup to the May 18, 1980 eruption as experienced by University of Washington seismologist Steve Malone.
Hosted by the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, moderated by PNSN Director Harold Tobin, with presenters Dr. Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, Dr. Seth Moran and Dr. Steve Malone.
Forty years ago, Mount St. Helens experienced a cataclysmic eruption. On May 18, 1980, the northern side of the volcano collapsed, triggering a forceful blast that raced across the landscape, an explosive eruption column that rose vertically in the air, pyroclastic flows that swept down the mountain, and a series of large mudflows that raced down river valleys toward the Columbia River. What did this eruption teach us about volcanic processes and management of volcanic crises? And most importantly, where do we go from here?
Join us for the STEM in 30: Mission Debrief about volcanoes. May 18th was the 40th anniversary of Mount St. Helens' eruption that flattened 230 square miles of vegetation and buildings. Join the conversation with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History's Global Volcanism program. Watch on Facebook Live on the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution and STEM in 30 Facebook pages.
On May 18, 1980, several current and former FEMA employees experienced the eruption of Mount St. Helens, and share their stories on our podcast. The podcast will be live on fema.gov May 18, 2020.
Educational volcano videos, activities and challenges for you to learn about the volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest. Activities are best suited for youth grades K-5, but learners of all levels are welcome! Educator guides are available to support distance learning.
The Portland Art Museum proudly presents this tribute to Mount St. Helens on the fortieth anniversary of the eruptions of 1980. Spanning the period from 1845 to the present, this exhibition is the first survey of works of art inspired by the mountain. Although 175 years is barely a blip in geologic time, the art bears witness to an extraordinary era in the long, cyclical life of the volcano.
Mount St. Helens Institute presents “Creative Landscape”, a month of weekly challenges to stretch your art form under creative confinements, engage with and inspire the wonder of Mount St. Helens through visual art, poetry, and prose. View past submissions here.
Mount St. Helens Institute presents MSHInside Bingo to bring the joy of Mount St. Helens and the surrounding wilderness to your home. Compete with your friends and family on this interactive bingo card. Form a complete line to score a bingo.
USGS Volcanoes social media (Facebook and Twitter) are posting daily about what was happening at Mount St. Helens 40 years ago. See time lapse videos, photos and newspaper accounts of what scientists knew about the volcano and how the community was reacting. On May 18, 21 posts will keep you updated about what was unfolding during the May 18, 1980 eruption. Aftermath posts continue daily through May 31.
The USGS Library has a virtual exhibit with an extensive photo display, before and after map collections, USGS publications and authors, and interview transcripts of USGS scientists who were part of the agency response.
Mount St. Helens 40th Anniversary page: Smithsonian events, resources, interviews, and other content prepared for the 40th anniversary of the 1980 eruption.
Dr. Alexa Van Eaton, a volcanologist with the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory talks about her work in this STEM in 30 episode from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. What causes a volcanic eruption? Is there always lava? How are volcanoes and earthquakes related? Travel with the STEM in 30 team to the Pacific Northwest, home to some of the most seismically active areas in the U.S. Learn from experts about tectonic activity and find out if they know when the “big one” will hit.
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List of educational resources about volcanoes brought to you by the USGS.
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