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Mount St. Helens readies for 30th anniversary

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Tuesday will mark the 30th anniversary of the big eruption of Mount St. Helens. The volcano's May 18, 1980, blast killed 57 people, knocked down a forest, filled local rivers with mudflows and rained ash far downwind.

While the surrounding land recovers, the mountain continues to rumble from time to time. Visitors will be able to return, starting this weekend, to remember and see how the volcano now looks.

The Transportation Department reopens Highway 504, the Spirit Lake Highway, at 7 a.m. Saturday. It goes to the Johnston Ridge Observatory, which is reopening after being closed for the winter.

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