These images show the area around Mount St. Helens, in southwestern Washington, before and after its eruption of May 18, 1980. In these false-color images, forest appears as bright red interspersed with patches of logging. Snow appears white, and ash is gray.
The cities of Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, are visible in the southwest of the zoomed-out images, north and south of the Columbia River, respectively.
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Hoblitt, Richard P., 1986, Observations of the eruptions of July 22 and August 7, 1980, at Mount St. Helens, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1335, 44 p. (Also available online at http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1335/report.pdf.)
Lipman, Peter, W., and Mullineaux, Donal, R., (eds.), 1981, The 1980 Eruptions of Mount St. Helens, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1250, 844 p. (Also available online at http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1250/report.pdf.)
Tilling, Robert I., Topinka, Lyn, and Swanson, Donald A., 1990, Eruptions of Mount St. Helens: Past, Present, and Future: U.S. Geological Survey, available at http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Volcanoes/MSH/Publications/MSHPPF/MSH_past_present_future.html. (Accessed July 17, 2012.)
Thanks to Edward W. Wolfe, USGS, for assistance.