Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mount St. Helens Eruption – 36th anniversary

Mount St. Helens, one day before the devastating eruption
“Mount St. Helens, one day before the devastating eruption” [1]

18 May 1980 was a Sunday. I was working the morning shift as a kitchen helper at the Kettle Valley Restaurant in downtown Hope. The telephone rang and Lee, the owner-manager, answered. The call lasted maybe a minute or two. As he hung up the phone, he said something about a Mount St. Helens. It had erupted at 8:32 a.m. I had no idea where Mount St. Helens was, because I was new to the area, having only recently moved to British Columbia. (I later found out that Mount St. Helens, a volcano, is about 417 km south of Hope in Skamania County, Washington State, USA.) When I got home that afternoon, I learned from TV news reports just how catastrophic the eruption had been.

MSH80 eruption mount st helens 05-18-80
“MSH80 eruption mount st helens 05-18-80” [2]

Photo sources:

1. Wikipedia contributors, "Mount St. Helens", Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_St._Helens : accessed 8 May. 2016).

2. Wikipedia contributors, "Mount St. Helens", Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_St._Helens : accessed 8 May. 2016).

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