Mount St. Helens

Only you (almost) can put Smokey Bear on Washington license plates

BY: - November 20, 2023

Washington drivers could one day be carrying Smokey Bear’s image and message on their license plates to help reduce the number of wildfires started by people. An effort launched Monday would create a specialty license plate featuring the iconic bear and its hallmark slogan: “Only you can prevent wildfires.” Proceeds from sales of the plates […]

Volcano erupting

Predicting volcanic eruptions 43 years after the Mount St. Helens blast

BY: - May 18, 2023

Forty-three years ago today, Mount St. Helens erupted, triggering a magnitude 5 earthquake and spewing ash, mud and debris across southwest Washington.  The explosion killed 57 people and changed the mountain’s landscape forever.  The eruption wasn’t a total surprise. Months before, a series of small earthquakes and steam-venting alerted scientists that a major blast was […]