Mount St. Helens: NASA Releases Time-Lapse Video Before and After Destruction

Yesterday marked the 32nd anniversary of the May 18, 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption that killed 57 people and unleashed destruction on several miles of forest in Washington.

To mark the anniversary of the Mount St. Helens eruption, NASA released a time-lapse video showing the volcano before all of the destruction, and afterwards. The video also goes to show us how much can change in

The devastating Mount St. Helens eruption occurred after a 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck beneath the volcano. What followed was a catastrophic event that was responsible for the largest landslide in recorded history (anywhere on Earth), roughly 23 square miles.

The time-lapse video of Mount St. Helens shows the devastation left from the explosion and the landslide and, while the area still bears clearly visible scars from the catastrophic event, you can see that much has changed in and around Mount St. Helens over the past 30 years.

You can check out the Mount St. Helens time-lapse video below, via Reuters.

Do you remember when the news first broke that Mount St. Helens erupted?