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Saturday, December 28, 2013

1980 Mount St. Helens photos before the blast come to light

A contact sheet of film taken by The Columbian photographer Reid Blackburn in April 1980 during a flight over the simmering Mount St. Helens. On May 18, 1980, about five weeks later, Blackburn died in the volcanic blast that obliterated the mountain peak.