On this date 35 years ago Mt. St. Helens blew her top. I was just a kid, but it impacted me... all the way in Kansas.

It killed 57 people and countless animals and destroyed millions of dollars in property. Even today it created the largest landslide in recorded history. And even though I was halfway across the country in Kansas when Mt. St. Helens erupted, it still had an impact on me.

About a week after she blew her top, I remember my parents going outside to find ash on their cars. The ash from Mt. St. Helens blew all the way from Washington state to my small town in Kansas! It was the first time I really realized the power of nature.

This video really captures the story of Mt. St. Helens and the destructive power of nature.