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Yakima man remembers the impact of the MT. St. Helens Eruption

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Tuesday marks the 30th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens.

People remember the eruption as a huge cloud of smoke and still have the ashes that fell 30 years ago. For many, it was an experience is something they will always remember.

Carlos Mendez, along with dozens of others, wrote a memoire in the new book Tales of the Yakima Valley. The article is called The Day that Yakima Stood Still. Mendez remembers getting ready to go to church that Sunday, when suddenly Mount St. Helens erupted.

"It all finally went dark, all of Yakima did, day time turned int.o night the whole thing turned over and there wasn't necessarily panic in my home, we were just wondering what was going on. It was amazing, I'd never seen anything like it in my life," said Carlos Mendez.

In the book, Mendez describes what it was like as a child to see the eruption and to experience the aftermath in Yakima.