It's Mount St Helen's Day!

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Post by Hazel Pethig » May 18th, 2010, 6:53 pm

It is 30 years today since mt. st. Helen's blew her top. When it blew I lived in Nelson BC. We heard the explosion, and were inundated with ash. I was in high school, and our school was closed for two day as half our teachers were stuck in Spokane, having gone down for the fun run. The pictures that came out of the blast zone were surreal!

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Post by Chelsea » May 18th, 2010, 7:07 pm

Yay for Mt. St. Helens! I wasn't alive yet when it blew :roll: but I've heard my dad's stories of the ash coming down like snow, and the rivers looking like mud. He also mentioned No-See-Ums and other bugs just falling from the sky dead from inhaling the ash. Lucky for him though, he was a mechanic at the time and he had a rush of customers because air filters were getting clogged up from all the ash. I believe he was living in Hillsboro at the time, which is near Portland by the way, so not all that close but not too far either from St. Helens.

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Post by Hazel Pethig » May 18th, 2010, 7:13 pm

Oh, Chelsea, you make me feel old!

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Post by Chelsea » May 18th, 2010, 7:24 pm

Hazel Pethig wrote:Oh, Chelsea, you make me feel old!

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I'm sorry! Image If it makes you feel better, I'm only 16!
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Post by Availle » May 18th, 2010, 9:03 pm

And here it is, the book fitting the event!

http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=24997

Lots of chapters on (active) volcanoes still unclaimed!!!1!!ONE!!


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Post by kayray » May 18th, 2010, 9:05 pm

I was 10, and I remember it clearly! We were in San Diego so we weren't affected personally, but we sure did watch the news.
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Post by knotyouraveragejo » May 18th, 2010, 9:24 pm

Somewhere I have a little envelope full of ash from the Mt. St. Helens eruption that my aunt sent me. She was living in a suburb of Seattle at the time.

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Post by Jonathan Awesome » May 18th, 2010, 9:51 pm

I wasn't alive yet but I see what's left of the thing all the time. I think my parents used to have some ash saved somewhere from it and I heard about it in school every time it had an anniversary. That and claims that Mt Hood was over due to erupt.

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Post by annise » May 18th, 2010, 9:56 pm

Having flown past it about 10 years ago - it is still a most impressive mountain

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Post by Steampunk » May 18th, 2010, 10:11 pm

I was safely 3000 miles away, but it was big news. I remember seeing a very disturbing video made by a reporter caught in the ashfall. It was recovered next to his body a few days after the eruption. Apparently he was overcome by the ash and died of suffocation. He was one of 57 fatalities.

It was the first time I remember hearing the about the Ring of Fire (except for the Johnny Cash song).

About 8 years later I was in Yakima, Washington and there was still ash on the ground in places. Not too surprising seeing as how Yakima gets less that 12 inches of rain a year.

Trivia: Wood from trees knocked down by the explosion was used in the construction of the Tacoma Dome.


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Post by Chelsea » May 18th, 2010, 11:18 pm

I just thought of something--I wonder if other volcanoes are just celebrating Krakatoa's original eruption, which began in May of 1883. Then this year, of course there is the volcano in Iceland, which started in April I believe.

Perhaps volcanoes just have difficulty gauging time. St. Helens tried to do a 100 year anniversary celebration of Krakatoa, but was off by 3 years (1883, 1980) and the volcano in Iceland is doing a 30-year celebration of Mt. St. Helens, just off by a month.

Alright, it's a longshot. But this might be what the world would be like if volcanoes had emotions. :roll:

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Post by Steampunk » May 19th, 2010, 12:03 am

Chelsea wrote: No, I'm not crazy. :lol:
No more so than Professor Challenger, anyway. :)


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Post by Chelsea » May 19th, 2010, 1:26 am

Steampunk wrote:
Chelsea wrote: No, I'm not crazy. :lol:
No more so than Professor Challenger, anyway. :)
:P

Actually, that was a pretty interesting story, and anyway, Professor Challenger was right all along.

I also noticed:
It was a lovely spring morning--May 22nd, to be exact--when we
made that fateful journey which brought me on to a stage which is
destined to be historical.
The pattern continues-even in literature!
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Post by Hazel Pethig » May 19th, 2010, 9:27 am

My mother to, has a vial of volcanic ash. She had just washed her car the day before!

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Post by BellonaTimes » May 19th, 2010, 5:48 pm

I remember a small photo in Time magazine a week or so later; it was of one of the victims, a small boy lying alone, face up & mouth open, in the back of a pickup truck. Made me think of the casts of the dead from Pompeii. Very haunting. :(
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