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‘Massive mudslide’ traps 12 people and dog overnight on Washington volcano, photos show

Twelve people and a dog spent the night on Mount St. Helens after they were stuck by a “massive mudslide,” authorities in Washington said.

The mudslide happened at about 9 p.m. Sunday, May 14, on State Route 504, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The mudslide “wiped out the bridge” to the Johnston Ridge Observatory, according to the King County Sheriff’s Air Support Unit.

Photos show debris covering the roadway.

A mudslide buried part of State Route 504 on Mount St. Helens on May 14, deputies said.
A mudslide buried part of State Route 504 on Mount St. Helens on May 14, deputies said.

The debris forced the 12 people and the animal to wait until the morning to be airlifted from the area, authorities said.

No one was hurt, deputies said.

Mount St. Helens is an active volcano in the Cascade Range, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It erupted in 1980 after a 5.1-magnitude earthquake shook the area.

It is about 75 miles northeast of Portland.

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