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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Look into the Crater

Mt. St. Helens is most notorious for its major 1980 eruption, the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the US history. A massive debris avalanche triggered by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale caused an eruption that reduced the elevation of the mountain's summit from 9,677 feet to 8,363 feet, leaving a 1 mile wide horseshoe-shaped crater. Today, almost 40 years after the eruption, people can walk on the rim of the crater and enjoy spectacular views.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2019
Date Uploaded: 06.2019
Photo Location: Washington, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D810
Copyright: © Jassen Todorov