Caption: Mount Adams (background) has an obvious heat source, but Mount St. Helens
(foreground) sits at the cold edge of the North American Plate.
But what struck me after reading Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens
is that, aside from the famously cantankerous octogenarian Harry Truman, who refused to leave his lodge near the mountain, we know very little about those who died.
Access permissions from the Nature Conservancy of Washington State, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, and the Mount St. Helens
National Volcanic Monument.
This reprinting of a 2007 original publication provides a narrative memoir of one woman's interaction with Mount St. Helens
, both before and after its eruption.
When Mount St. Helens
erupted in 1980, every living thing in the blast zone was buried beneath 300 feet of avalanche debris, covered with steaming mud, and finally, topped with a superheated layer of frothy rock from deep within the earth.
30 years ago, Mount St. Helens
had an elevation of 9,677 feet.
Thirty years ago today, Mount St. Helens
blew its top in a cataclysmic eruption that killed 57 people, flattened 230 square miles of Pacific Northwest wilderness, and sent clouds of ash some 20 miles high.
Readers responded to our article on Mount St. Helens
with memories from past visits, appreciation for the Forest Service's hard work, and an old article that appeared in our pages decades ago.
Among the images are the Aral Sea, Las Vegas in the US, subtropical forest in South America, Mount St. Helens
in the US, Hiroshima, and the Qunghai-Tibet Railway.
What you need know about kilauea: Unlike Mount St. Helens
it's a "shield volcano," as are other Hawaiian volcanoes.
Frank Parchman's Echoes of Fury chronicles the experiences of eight survivors of the May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens
, until 2005, while exposing the lie, perpetrated by the Weyerhaeuser Corporation's influence on politicians, that the victims of the volcano were "thrill seekers who had violated Governor Dixy Lee Ray's Red Zone Restrictions and were therefore responsible for their own deaths" (p.
My mother and I talked about making bricks from the ash of Mount St. Helens
and building a big gray house somewhere.