12—They all fall down!
The explosive gas released when the volcano erupted blew down trees like toothpicks. This kind of destruction happened over a 250 square mile area surrounding Mt. St. Helens. No wonder 57 people died or disappeared! Be sure to scroll down the page to look for the two men standing at the bottom of the hill. That shows you how huge the trees were that were blown down.

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