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Major Eruption, May 18, 1980

We had driven all the way around the mountain on the 17th and were at home on Sunday morning when we heard it had fully erupted. So we grabbed our 6 month old son, Kevin, and headed to the volcano. We knew we would come to a road block, which we did at about 14 miles from the volcano. We turned around there and about a quarter mile back, a farmer was letting people park in his front yard. On the Southwest side where we were, you could have a picnic, while it was utter destruction on the Northeast side.

These images are all scanned from slides and negatives we took at the time. I will be adding more as I process them. The original shots were taken with a Nikon EL and EL2 bodies.
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