The eruption of Mount St. Helen’s in Washington State on May 18, 1980, made a huge impact on America! The earthquake and rock slide alone involved one-half cubic mile of rock! (They say that all the people in the world can fit in 1 cubic mile of space) As the summit and north slope slid off the volcano that morning, pressure was released inside the volcano – where super hot liquid water immediately flashed to steam.
The northward-directed steam explosion released energy equivalent to 20 million tons of TNT, which toppled 150 square miles of forest in 6 minutes.
In Spirit lake, north of the volcano, an enormous water wave, stripped trees from slopes as high as 850 feet above the pre-eruption water level.
The total energy output, on May 18, was equivalent to 400 million tons of TNT – approximately 20,000 Hiroshima-size atomic bombs.
RAPIDLY FORMED STRATIFICATION
Mt. St. Helen’s left layers of strata up to 400 feet since 1980.
Mount St. Helen’s teaches us that the stratified layers commonly characterizing geologic column with different layers meaning different ages is inaccurate because they can form very rapidly by flow processes.
Because of this we observe a tiny canyon that is one fortieth the scale model of the Grand Canyon! And believe it or not, the little Toutle River and small creeks that flow through it, Geologists could easily tell you that the rivers carved the canyons over millions of years, but actually tons of water hot magma, and volcanic activity caused it in just a matter of a very short time.
UPRIGHT DEPOSITED LOGS
Also, Yellowstone National Park shows you a bunch of petrified logs and tell you that they were millions of years old. Mt. St. Helen’s shows us that is not true either!
The landslide from the volcano caused Spirit lake to go crazy with ginormous water that stripped the forests of trees and all the logs flowed into the lake and logs float!
Imagine millions of logs piled into the river! 2 square miles of the lake surface.
Then they slowly sank to the bottom but they floated in an upright position many of them because they were so many with the roots under water and the other end floating out of the water they got stuck straight down in shallow water. This made it look like an underwater forest as the sediment buried on top of them! 19,000 upright stumps existed on the floor of the lake in August 1985. The average height of an upright deposited stump is 20 feet.
Geologists when looking at that would say trees grew in place there over hundreds of years, which is the standard geological interpretation for the upright petrified “forests” at Yellowstone National Park. But because we observe this they could be so wrong about millions of years! We know that this was simply evidence of a fast volcano!
Special credit to Institute for Creation Research