Sunday Roast: Mt St Helens anniversary

May 18, 1980, thirty-five years ago tomorrow, Mt St Helens in Washington State went off like a bomb, killing 57 people and turning hundreds of square miles of beautiful forest into a wasteland.

Here’s a handy dandy graphic from the Wiki page of what happened during the blast:

I was living near Lake Shasta at the time, and working at the K-Mart just off I-5 in Redding.  I was amazed at the uptick in the numbers of travelers going north; we could tell who they were because they were buying stacks and stacks of crappy K-Mart air filters for their cars.  My thought was, “Why drive into that mess on purpose?,” but I guess they had their reasons — maybe selling crappy air filters to the masses.  :D

Thankfully, no one in my family was living in northern at the time.  My parents and younger sister moved to Moscow the next year, so they could establish residency before my dad started law school in 1982.  To hear the old people around Moscow tell it, they received anywhere from a couple inches to 12 feet of ash.  As much of a nightmare as it was, I’m pretty sure it was closer to a couple inches than it was to a foot — let alone 12 feet.

Exciting times!!  My inner geology geek was pinging like mad…

This is our daily open thread — where were you the day Mt St Helens went off?

29 thoughts on “Sunday Roast: Mt St Helens anniversary

  1. I can’t remember — were the Reaganista nutcases calling Mt. St. Helens the front end of the End Times and God’s revenge on Amurkkka for whatever? Can you imagine how much fun Batshit Bachmann and Herr Cruz would have with that scenario today?

    • Although the “Evangelicals” were beginning to be an influence on the GOP back then, I don’t recall hearing this was God’s punishment for anything. But that was before I joined the Air Force, and long before I started getting involved in politics. In fact, Bill Clinton was the first president for whom I voted. I’ve been 4 for 6 since. Guess which two years I didn’t pick the eventual declared winner. Go ahead, guess.🙂

      • My first Pres vote was in ’64. I voted for Goldwater, and I’d probably still vote for him today. Of course, he wasn’t a fundie and he wasn’t a racist, so today he’d be running on the leftist-socialist-marksist-facist moran ticket.

      • My first Election was 1972….I voted for George McGovern. I hated Nixon like anyone with any sense

        • I voted for George M. too. Nixon was dirt, and proved it for all to see shortly thereafter. In 68, I would have voted for RFK had he not been assassinated in June of that year. I think he would have whipped Nixon’s ass, too, which is why I’ve always been suspicious concerning the alleged ‘details’ of Sirhan Sirhan, among numerous things. And I always wonder how much different things would be today had it not been for those three assassinations in the 6o’s.

    • I was working for IBM. I don’t remember anyone suggesting Mt. St. Helens was a punishment for anything. Back then a volcano was just a volcano.

      • Actually, there was nothing to punish America for, back then. I mean, there was already “peace with honor” in the Nam, Roe v. Wade was seven years old and no bigee, and Iran was holding a bunch of Americans hostage after the good and gracious Shah had been “saved” by getting to America. All the real evil in the world was “over there,” and it was mostly oil countries and A-rabs and commies that were the true bad guys.

        Plus Jimmy Carter was white.

    • If God wanted us to be religious, He wouldn’t have created atheism!

      • I want to design a water board pendant to wear around my neck or a sticker to put on my car so people will ask me what is it.
        I will respond that they proudly wear an instrument of torture and plaster it everywhere and I am merely doing the same.

  2. When you get so completely bored, you max out on boredom, and proceed to what’s next, what is it that’s next?

      • Yes, he certainly is doing just that!
        If it didn’t work the first time, let’s try it again.
        Republican ‘logic’.
        Jeb’s brother and “Uncle” Dick had nothing to do with stirring up the Middle East to allow ISIS to bloom in the desert and spread throughout the world.

  3. QOTD:

    “You can be hopeful because there is a loving God. Whether you agree with that statement or not is your choice. It is not your government’s choice. It is essential to this nation’s future that we remember that the freedom to worship who we want and how we want, or not worship at all, is a core belief of our founding.” — Amazingly, George W. Bush at Southern Methodist University commencement yesterday.

    • Unfortunately, the tolerance of our deist founders has devolved to become the intolerance of our current evangelical Seventh Day Adventure Seeking Luthytarian Southern Baptistolic Morons. I think George might well be one of them.

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