Memories of Mount St. Helens

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Arcadia Publishing, Mar 30, 2020 - History - 144 pages
In the spring of 1980, Mount St. Helens awoke from a century-long slumber with a series of dramatic changes. Most threatening was a bulge on the side of the snowy peak, pushing steadily outward. Near Spirit Lake, local resident Harry Truman refused to leave his lodge, even as scientists like David Johnston warned about potential destruction. On May 18, the mountain finally blew, enveloping whole communities in ash and smoke. Mudflows destroyed bridges, houses and highways, and fifty-seven people, including Truman and Johnston, lost their lives. Today, the mountain is quiet. Plants and animals have returned and hiking trails have been rebuilt, but the scars remain. Join author and journalist Jim Erickson as he recounts the unforgettable saga of the Mount St. Helens eruption.
 

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Contents

Preface
7
Geologically St Helens Cone Was the Youngest in the Cascades
15
PreEruptive Climbing History Includes Ascent by Author
22
Harry R Truman a Legendary Man of the Mountain
35
Day Before Eruption Coincidences Resulted in WhatIf Moments
42
The Day Mount St Helens Exploded Like an Atomic Bomb
49
President Carter Amazed at Volcanos Destructive Power
55
Two Attached to National Geographic Saved by Dinner Whim
61
Al Eggers Recalls Gravity Measurements on St Helens
83
Botanists Found Life Returning to Mount St Helens 91
91
Harvesting Downed Timber and Replanting Seedlings
100
Tower Bridge Emerges Rebuilt Others Survived
109
The Niece of Famous Harry Truman Remembers
119
Virginia Dale Devoted to Studying Plant Regeneration
126
What Will Mount St Helens Do in the Future?
134
Bibliography
141

Colleague Noted Sacrifice of Ham Radio Operator
67
Those Escaping St Helens Blast Described Devastation
76

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Erickson's prodigious output has garnered twenty years of awards from the industry's most important publications such as "Graphis", "Communication Arts" & "Photo District News" & from the One Show, Art Directors Club & the prestigious Kelley Awards. Shows in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Dallas & Madison, Wisconsin have honored his work - not only in photography but also the related fields of design & printing. In addition, Erickson's photographs have been showcased in virtually every major source book in North America. Truly an international figure in his field, Erickson has been on the Who's Who list of advertising photographers for over twenty years. A devoted father, loving husband & avid practitioner of yoga & surfing, he lives & practices his art in San Francisco.

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