[OM] Mount St. Helens, 40 years ago

Subject: [OM] Mount St. Helens, 40 years ago
From: Peter Klein <boulanger.croissant@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2020 20:30:48 -0700
May 18, 1980.  The day Mt. St. Helens blew up.  It's one of those events that a person always remembers.  I was in Spokane, over 200 air miles across Washington state from the mountain. But it got pitch-black in mid-afternoon. We were buried in 3/4 of an inch of volcanic ash, which is finely-powdered silica the consistency of flour.  There was quite a mess for days and weeks to come.  I didn't have a good camera then, as I'd sold my Leica M2 to help pay for my bassoon.  But I do have one photo of myself taken with a rudimentary film point-and-shoot the next morning.

Today I commemorated the anniversary by photographing the jar of ash I saved that morning.

I was doing a lot of freelance writing then. The eruption gave me the opportunity to write a first-person account of what happens when a volcano dumps on your city.  If you'd like to read it, use the two links below, and view large. Reading it today, I was struck by how similar people's behavior was then and now.  Click on the photos to view large, and the text is quite readable.


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