Today marks another anniversary of the deadly eruption of Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington, USA. This eruption was one of those events where most remember where they were around the world when they heard the news. It changed the lives of those around the volcano - those who lost friends or family, their homes, their view of the local landscape, and their belief that 'it won't happen to me'.
Thirty-seven years ago the world watched as the eruption took place, so what did they see? Two years ago I posted a list of resources on the eruption. This year I look back again asking what it was like for those who experienced the eruption firsthand? What did the rest of the country see through they experiences of reporters and those who were there?
When the next continental-US volcano erupts some of us will be there. Some of us will have to clean up ash or mud (depending on the eruption type). The rest of us will watch the news and social media. This is how most of us are fortunate enough to experience natural disasters, and how many remember them.
This collection of videos includes footage leading up to, during, and after the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.
It will happen again. It happens around the world more frequently than you might realize. It is important that we remember what happened, how lives were taken and how those who remained were changed. We need to shake our 'it won't happen to me' beliefs and realize that these people were just like us now. Safe and unaffected, until Mount St. Helens woke up.