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Seconds from Disaster

  • Season 2
  • 19 episodes
  • Documentary
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Episode 4: Mount St Helens Eruption

Summary

An investigation into the eruption of Mount St Helens in 1980, asking why scientists failed to predict the disaster. The volcano exploded in a cloud of red-hot ash, killing 57 people and laying waste to 230 square miles of woodland after more than 120 years of inactivity. The programme assesses the possibility of such an event happening again.

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