reply to post by antar
The first question I can't entirely answer very well because of personal circumstance. However, I know that just about everybody who went through the
eruption, even at greater distances, felt its impact. I'd say overall we went from viewing those frosty mountains from being just big lumps of snow
covered rock to active volcanoes. I remember hearing about people that didn't believe the mountain would erupt and wouldn't evacuate. Half of the
people I knew thought the geologists were nuts. We were far enough away where we didn't have to evac. Sorry if I gave that impression, was not
intended. The ash hit a huge amount of area in Washington and Oregon both and the mudflows impacted a pretty good chunk of Washington, at least from
kid memory. After they cleared I-5, I remember driving on it and seeing all the mess on the sides. It was bad. We used to go fishing out at Spirit
Lake and I remember crying when I heard that it had been destroyed.
The initial response that my family had was actually my mother zooming home and driving us to the highest point in the area to get a full fledged view
of the eruption and it was terrible and awesome at the same time. It seemed pretty far away though so there wasn't any fear but when the ash cloud
turned and started dumping down on us, masks were bought. Couldn't go outside without them because inhaling it was bad for the lungs. Whole
neighborhood got together to clear the heaps of ash that covered everything once it ceased. There were 10 foot piles of ash at the end of all the
streets in my neighborhood. Like I said, before that, there was no sense of danger at all to the area. We had moved from a tornado prone area to the
Pacific NW because of the lack of tornadoes. Like I said, sleeping frost covered lumps of rock was the perception.
As for us today, we all make sure that we have some level of preparedness. My children and I do have plans in case of a natural disaster. They know
where all the closest "safe" spots are in the house for each section and what to do in the event that it occurs while at their schools. As far as my
parents and sibling go, we're dysfunctional as hell in all things but we're bound together on that one subject. We don't keep masks, lol, still but
we do all have a level of "just in case" food. My mother went a little wonky with it and has a large pantry full of canned food items and tons of
water. She's always saying that, if anything happens and we run out, make our way to her house.h I think it was a pretty good learning lesson for a
lot of people out here. Most of my friends all keep disaster/earthquake kits. I have an absurd number of friends that went SCA. I know that I took
the time after that to learn about local medicinal herbs that grow in the area and their uses. So varying degrees of survival nut, lol, and some
coming equipped with garb.
I took it half seriously when I was growing up but Mt. St. Helens was one of the reasons why I took so much geology. We don't fear another mountain
erupting or the big earthquake though. That'll happen whether we fear it or not. No point in living in fear about something that could happen any
day or not in one's lifetime. All you can do is be prepared and that's my family's motto.
PS. My sister and I have been harassing our mother for years about how "safe" the Pac NW is, lol. After I took all the geology and found out about
the megathrust quake history, we tacked that in, too. Windstorms, volcanoes, massive earthquakes--real safe, Mom! lol It's a family joke.
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