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Mt. St. Helens eruption

Surviving May 25th, 1980 Mount St. Helens’ Second Eruption

Chasing Fire In the early hours of the morning, May 25th 35 years ago, Mount St Helens erupted a second time at 2:30am – and I was there… I’d known from nine years old what I wanted to do with my life. Make movies. By age 13, I had a 16mm camera and freelanced local news footage to networks.  By 17, right out of high school, I had begun work as a full-time cameraman at an NBC affiliate, and soon started my own film production company.  Now at 20 years old, I was looking for my ‘Big Break.’ Call it a hunch, call it a premonition, but for weeks I had been drawn to the fire that was kindling at Mount St. Helens.  I spent every spare moment with my camera poised.  On May 18th, 1980, the world was stunned by the raw power that ravaged the picture perfect Mount […]

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Featured on Fox News – Filmmaker Remembers Escape, Rescue from Mount St. Helens

Michael Lienau recalls volcano’s ‘nuclear blast,’ aftermath Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

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Mt. St. Helens

FILMMAKER, NEARLY KILLED AT ST. HELENS’ ERUPTION, RECALLS ESCAPE ON 35th ANNIVERSARY

Cameraman of 1980 eruption, declared missing, offers his story of survival and perspectives 35 years later Kailua-Kona, HI — A survivor of the spectacular 1980 Mount St. Helens’ eruption will return to the area to mark the event’s 35th anniversary and recount his remarkable story of survival and perspective 35 years later. In 1980, Michael Lienau was a 20-year-old cameraman with a film crew attempting to capture the first ground level shots of the eruption’s aftermath. When a second eruption shook the ground, they narrowly escaped death as the blast rocketed over their heads. Trapped for three days, the crew became the story they were covering, and were even declared missing and presumed dead. Miraculously, they survived when a rescue helicopter finally spotted them. “As the rescue helicopter was lifting off the ground, I felt very humbled. It was the beginning of a lesson in life I’ll never forget,” says […]

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Kilauea Volcano Inflation

Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Inflation Video

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