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This Happened — May 18: Mount St. Helens Erupts

The volcano Mount St. Helens erupted on this day in 1980, in the state of Washington, United States.

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What caused the eruption of Mount St. Helens?

The eruption of Mount St. Helens was caused by a combination of geological factors, including the movement of tectonic plates, the buildup of magma beneath the volcano, and the presence of a large ice cap on the mountain.

What was the impact of the eruption of Mount St. Helens?

The eruption of Mount St. Helens had a devastating impact on the surrounding area. The blast and subsequent landslide destroyed forests, buildings, and roads, and caused widespread devastation in the region. It also created a massive ash cloud that reached as far as Montana and affected air traffic across the United States.

How many people died during the eruption of Mount St.Helens?

There were 57 deaths from the eruption, including volcanologists, loggers, and tourists who were in the vicinity of the mountain at the time of the eruption.

Is Mount St. Helens still an active volcano today?

Mount St. Helens is still an active volcano, and it remains closely monitored by volcanologists and other scientists. However, it has not erupted again since 2008, and the risk of another major eruption in the near future is considered low.

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Pasta v. Fascists: How Italy's Staple Dish Became A Symbol Of Resistance

Pasta may not be considered controversial today, but it played an important role during Italy's fascist years, particularly in one family's celebration of community and liberation.

Photo of the Cervi family.

Photo of the Cervi family, whose seven children were shot by the Fascists on December 28, 1943, at the Reggio Emilia shooting range.

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Jacopo Fontaneto

ROME — Eighty years ago — on July 25, 1943 — the vote of no confidence by the Grand Council of Fascism, leading to Benito Mussolini's arrest, set off widespread celebrations. In Campegine, a small village in the Emilian province, the Cervi family celebrated in their own way: they brought 380 kilograms of pasta in milk cans to the town square and offered it to all the inhabitants of the village.

The pasta was strictly plain: macaroni dressed with butter and cheese, seen as more of a "festive dish" in that period of deprivation. As soon as the Cervi brothers learned about the arrest of Mussolini, they procured flour, borrowed butter and cheese from the dairy, and prepared kilos and kilos of pasta. They then loaded it onto a cart to distribute it to their fellow villagers. Pastasciutta (dry pasta) specifically regards dishes with noodles that are plated "dry", not in broth. That would disqualify soup, risotto, ravioli...

Even though pastasciutta is the most stereotypical type of pasta today, it had a complicated relationship with the government during Italy's fascist years.

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