Mt. St. Helens Panel Discussion

Eyjafjallajokull ain’t all that. Shutting down European airspace? No big deal. As we in the Northwest know, May 18, 1980 marks a special date, when Mt. St. Helens blew its top and released 520 tons of ash in a 15-mile high mushroom cloud. Over 50 people died in the eruption; rivers were blocked with timber and mudslides; highways were closed and rerouted; ash fell in Spokane and beyond; and the resulting landscape looked like the moon. Yet as tonight’s panel discussion will address, Mt. St. Helens and other prominent Cascade volcanoes are an active and ongoing part of our environment. Emergency evacuation measures are in place for sudden lahar flows, and the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument’s landscape is today surprisingly green and full of resurgent life. Tonight, the cataclysm and its aftermath will be discussed by UW scientists Brittany Brand and Roger del Moral, the Burke’s own Rod Crawford, and Scott Shane of the National Park Service. BRIAN MILLER

Tue., May 18, 6 p.m., 2010

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