Yes I live 50 miles
Yes I live 50 miles within the mighty Mt St Helens. Our own news media hyped it up quite a lot - the TV media in portland loves reporting on unusual natural events. I was at work when it did its thing and it looked like a wisp of cloud, nothing more.
Check out this photo of the visitor center viewing area at the time of the eruption. And this amazing photo of the inner dome itself.