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Lansburg was an avid photographer at the time of his death. He was especially enamored with Washington state’s Mount St. Helens. On May 18, 1980. Landsburg just happen to be right near the base of Mount St. Helens, when the mountain erupted causing the single biggest volcanic event in the United States since 1915. Because of his proximity to the eruption Landsburg did not survive, but he managed to capture this photograph of the beginning of the eruption just before his death.