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26 Years Ago Today: Mt St Helens Eruption

Fri May 19, 2006 2:46 am

Today is the 26th anniversary of the Mt St Helens Eruption. May not mean very much to those outside of the PNW, but it killed 57 people, and turned day into night, and decimated the region in the cloud of volcanic ash that spread halfway across the globe.
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There is speculation that Mt Rainier is showing signs of life. Siesmologists/Volcanologists believe that Rainier will become active. It's currently listed as dormant/sleeping.
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RE: 26 Years Ago Today: Mt St Helens Eruption

Fri May 19, 2006 3:23 am

I remember going to visit a friend of mine in the early 80's who lived in Portland. We went on a Helicopter trip over Mount St Helens and although the eruption had happened a couple of years before, the land surrounding the Volcano was still completely wiped out with ash and debris. It was a facinating trip !

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RE: 26 Years Ago Today: Mt St Helens Eruption

Fri May 19, 2006 7:24 am

Quoting ABfemme (Reply 1):
I remember going to visit a friend of mine in the early 80's who lived in Portland. We went on a Helicopter trip over Mount St Helens and although the eruption had happened a couple of years before, the land surrounding the Volcano was still completely wiped out with ash and debris. It was a facinating trip !

It had a few eruptions in 1982, and 84. After that it remained relatively quiet until last August. The mountain closed the paths upside the north face in March, because of recent activity. There was a ceremony down at the main visitors centre with an unveiling of a memorial for the 57 victims. I wasn't living here at the time, so I don't remember it very much.
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RE: 26 Years Ago Today: Mt St Helens Eruption

Fri May 19, 2006 8:00 am

I was living in far Southeast Portland. I remeber during the night, we had some earthquakes and in the morning, we were getting ready for church. I don't remember much except the ash everywhere. The eruption last August was cool and every week or so there is a steam eruption. Coming up the I-5 from the south suburbs there is a great view of the mountain.

Quoting Jetjack74 (Thread starter):
There is speculation that Mt Rainier is showing signs of life. Siesmologists/Volcanologists believe that Rainier will become active. It's currently listed as dormant/sleeping.

They are also saying that about every mountain in the Cascades range. I have heard if Mt Rainier does not go next, it will be Mt Baker.

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RE: 26 Years Ago Today: Mt St Helens Eruption

Fri May 19, 2006 8:05 am

I have seen some documentaries, and I find the results so shocking, but also very impressive. How does the area look today? Are there trees again in the area?
 
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RE: 26 Years Ago Today: Mt St Helens Eruption

Fri May 19, 2006 8:15 am

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 4):
I have seen some documentaries, and I find the results so shocking, but also very impressive. How does the area look today? Are there trees again in the area?

You can still see the scorched trees laying down from the blast, but it's coming back. Spirit lake for the longest time was covered with driftwood and and made smaller by the tons of ash that fell into it, creating mud, and clay. It killed off wild life, and marine life for years after. But the vegetation, and the wildlife and Spirit Lake is all coming back. The valleys are turning green again. The area around Mt Rainier is what it used to look like.

Quoting Seb146 (Reply 3):
I have heard if Mt Rainier does not go next, it will be Mt Baker.

They're all part of the same ring on the same fault. This is the same fault that triggered the Nisqually quake in 2001. The fault runs off to the south towards Astoria and out into the Pacific along the Oregon Coast.
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RE: 26 Years Ago Today: Mt St Helens Eruption

Fri May 19, 2006 9:56 am

I'd like to go see Mt St Helens. Wonder when the next eruption will be. I'm not looking forward to when Yellowstone erupts.
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RE: 26 Years Ago Today: Mt St Helens Eruption

Fri May 19, 2006 10:17 am

I remember well when it happened (lived then as now in the NYC area)and how terrifying of an experience it was. My father took a helicoptor ride over Mt. St. Helens about 2 years after it blew up. Wish I was with him on that trip as he said it was a great experience. I have been to the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Park there in 1995 and in 2004. Between both times, you could see the expansion of accessable areas and the the recovery in that time. Both of my visits were among the most facinating travel experience I have had.

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