My Look On Mt. Saint Helens

© 1980 by Richard L. Meister Jr. Mt. St. Helen Ash in Spokane, WA
Otis Orchards, Washington
May 18, 2016 9:08pm CST
It’s all over the news. Today is the thirty-sixth anniversary of the volcanic erupted of Mt. Saint Helens in Washington state. It happened on a Sunday morning. I went out to visit with my foster mother. As we sat on her porch we could see the ash cloud coming. I left my foster mother’s place and got back to the house I was housesitting just before the ash hit. It was a bit eerie for the sunny afternoon to turn dark enough to turn the street lights on. I hunkered down in the house. On Monday I did not go to work because there was much concern about the ash getting into the car engine and ruining it. The picture is one I took a couple of days after the explosion. You can still see a lot of ash in the air. Everything was covered with the light gray ash. The photo is a color photo. Photo © 1980 by Richard L. Meister Jr.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 May 16
The photo looks like one of those old sepia ones. That must have been pretty frightening.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 May 16
@RichardMeister That was good. I was thinking about Pompeii and being buried alive.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
23 May 16
@JudyEv Spokane was too far away to be buried. The ash was brought over by the atmospheric winds. It took a good 3 to 4 hours after the eruption for the ash to reach Spokane. There was so much ash that it spread clear across the United States albeit was pretty thinned out by the time it got about halfway across the U.S. But there were claim some of the ash fell in New York about a week after the eruption. Mt. Saint Helens is about 50 miles (80.5 km.) from the west coast of the U.S. and a small about of the ash fell in New York on the east coast of the U.S.–just to give you an idea how far the ash went.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 May 16
@RichardMeister That is some distance. I know when we have a bushfire here the ash can travel for miles too.
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@JohnRoberts (63049)
• Los Angeles, California
19 May 16
I have visited Mount Saint Helen's and see there is still scarring but nature has already begun recovering.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
19 May 16
Yes, they say things are beginning to come back.
@much2say (40180)
• United States
20 May 16
How did all that ash get cleared out or did Mother Nature pretty much take care of that? I remember hearing about the eruptions as a kid . . . hard to believe that was 36 years ago!!
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
20 May 16
The city swept the streets and residents washed off the sidewalks. Mother Nature took care of the rest. Yes, 36 years ago. Don't ask why they made a big deal about it this year instead of last year when it was the 35th anniversary. You must have been about 10 years old went Mt. St. Helen's went BOOM! (I just wrote that because I wanted to use "BOOM .")
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@much2say (40180)
• United States
20 May 16
BOOM is @RichardMeister 's word of the day ! That's funny, yah, I wonder why they didn't make a bigger deal of it last year . . . or maybe they just forgot about it last year ! Yah, I guess I was about my daughter's age when it happened. I remember a classmate of mine brought in a little jar with a bit of Mt. St. Helen's ash in it . . . I think a relative sent it to him.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
20 May 16
@much2say That seemed to be the thing to do. Jar it up and sell it. People will do anything for a buck. I think I saved some just of show and tell (if you know what I mean). However, I have no idea what happened to it. I think I just decided it wasn't worth keeping and dumped it out.
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@paigea (22484)
• Canada
9 Nov 16
I remember when that happened. I have been to tour the interpretive centre. Very interesting I though. Things started growing a lot quicker than they expected.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
9 Nov 16
Yes, things are growing back fast than expected.
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@norcal (3213)
• Nevada City, California
23 May 16
I remember when that happened. I was living in southern California at the time. I have seen the mountain flying over in an airplane.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
23 May 16
Yes, it blew a lot of the mountain away.
@sallypup (28533)
• Moses Lake, Washington
19 May 16
Fascinating report from the East side.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
19 May 16
It was an interesting time.
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@hereandthere (32778)
• Philippines
19 May 16
we also had ashfall when mt. pinatubo erupted in 1991.
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