Mt. St. Helens Ash - Collected in 1980

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Mt. St. Helens Ash - Collected in 1980

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For sale here we have a vial of ash from the Mount St. Helens eruption on May 18, 1980. This ash is from an old collection I purchased and was collected by a gentleman living in the area at the time. The original collection source came from 12 miles North-West of the peak.

The eruption in 1980 was one of (if not the) most signifacant volcanic eruptions ever in the Continental U.S. In the months leading up to the eruption, Geologists and Volcanologists knew something was wrong as several large earthquakes had rocked the area. Then the side of the mountain began to bulge as magma built up within it. The resulting natural disaster would claim 57 lives, despite warnings and television broadcasts across the country.

The ash seen here was collected just a few weeks after the event and stored away in a collection of other rocks and fossils, labelled in a plastic container. I was lucky enough to acquire this sample and bottled it in these 3 dram glass vials. Each vial is closed with a black screw cap with a waterproof seal and contains aroung 10 grams of ash (12mL by volume). The vials measure 6.75cm x 1.75cm.

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