This week's First Thursday program at the Cowlitz Historical Museum will focus on the 40th anniversary of Mount St. Helens' giant 1980 eruption.
Alysa Adams, an interpretive specialist at the state's Mount St. Helens Visitor Center at Seaquest State Park, will be the guest speaker. She will discuss information about the volcano, the Interpretive Center and Washington State Parks’ role in the 40th anniversary.
The event starts at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The museum is located 405 Allen St. in Kelso.
The eruption on May 18, 1980, blew away the top of the mountain and triggered an explosion, landslide and mud flows that killed 57 people, destroyed about 200 homes, sent a cloud of ash around the earth and laid waste 230 square miles of forest.
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