Displaced Leilani residents recall Mount St. Helens eruption

  • USGS photo USGS geologist Don Swanson (in red) and his colleague, Jim Moore, view a car filled with ash deposits from the May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens. (USGS/Courtesy photo)

  • An aerial view of the May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens as seen from the southwest. Additional photos available at https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/st_helens/st_helens_gallery_23.html. (USGS/Courtesy photo)

  • Tina Floyd stands in front of her tent outside the emergency shelter at Keaau Community Center on Thursday. (JOHN BURNETT/Tribune-Herald)

  • Janet Morrow stands with her friend, Edward Grant, in the parking lot of the emergency shelter at Pahoa Community Center on Thursday. (JOHN BURNETT/Tribune-Herald)

  • FILE - In this March 9, 2005 file photo, Mount St. Helens emits a small, steady cloud of steam at dusk in Washington state. The 2018 eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has some people along the West Coast warily eyeing the volcanic peaks in Washington, Oregon and California, including St. Helens, that are part of the Pacific Ocean's ring of fire. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

HILO — The explosion early Thursday morning of Halema‘uma‘u crater, which sent a volcanic ash cloud 30,000 feet high and deposited a light layer of ash on Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and surrounding areas, reminded two displaced Leilani Estates residents of an event that took place 38 years ago Friday — the violent explosion of Mount St. Helens, which killed 57 people directly and caused more than $1 billion in damage.