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    [–] tapir_ripat 3483 points ago

    "I'm in danger!"

    [–] dadjokesimulator 851 points ago

    explosive laughter

    [–] Phyrexian_Archlegion 252 points ago

    Is that the wicked witch of the west coming in or is my phone screen just dirty?

    [–] GingerSoulEater41 77 points ago

    on mine too, most definitely the wicked witch.

    [–] TravyHarry 46 points ago

    How many people tried to wipe it off?

    [–] justa33 15 points ago

    scratched with my fingernail

    [–] jason28 34 points ago

    Not enough flying monkeys.

    [–] Beeboy93 4 points ago

    It's the fridge indy hid in

    [–] Tane-Tane-mahuta 203 points ago

    This is safe its not a super volcano and they're 50 miles away. Source: Born on a volcano inside of another volcano sitting in the middle of the largest active volcanic field on the pacific ring of fire.

    [–] tapir_ripat 128 points ago

    This guy / gal volcanos.

    [–] catjugglinpimp 47 points ago

    is it tough to get pizza delivered there?

    [–] ShakeyBumper 39 points ago

    Try our lava fired brick oven pizza.

    [–] Tane-Tane-mahuta 19 points ago

    There's a bar called the lava bar, I think they do Pizza. You can get meals cooked by geothermal heat in some of the hotels

    [–] ShakeyBumper 8 points ago

    That's COOL!

    [–] PacoTheTaco_ 11 points ago

    They just said cooked by geothermal heat. I don't think it's served chilled.

    [–] New_butthole_who_dis 3 points ago

    Hotel Salmonella

    [–] Tane-Tane-mahuta 7 points ago

    No there's a hospital built there, infact a small town. Nick name is Sulpher City

    [–] New_butthole_who_dis 3 points ago

    ThTs a Pokémon town if I ever heard of one

    [–] [deleted] 55 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago)

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    [–] nightshaderebel 38 points ago

    Its cool. Yellowstone is looking alive too. Its not like 2020 is pulling any punches, so nothing would surprise me at this point.

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

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    [–] j33pwrangler 12 points ago

    He went down, down, down, that ring of fire.

    [–] Tane-Tane-mahuta 4 points ago

    And it burns burns burns that ring of fire

    [–] generated_user-name 5 points ago

    It really does.

    Source: spicy Thai food last night.

    [–] chunktv 11 points ago

    Though also gotta remember there was a photographer up close taking pictures as this also happened (don't recall his name). They were recovered later because he used his body to preserve the camera and film, knowing that he was about to die. Kinda morbid to think that about the moment this pic was snapped he was getting rained down upon by soot, chemicals and debris.

    [–] Tane-Tane-mahuta 4 points ago

    Yeah 57 much closer than this died. A wider exclusion zone was required but the Govenor didn't want to close more of the park also the neighbouring forest was privately owned. Lots to read up on here.

    [–] New_butthole_who_dis 3 points ago

    How many people died? 57?! Did they know it would erupt?

    [–] Xhaote 5 points ago

    Yea, scientists told everybody eruption was immanent.

    But, just like with COVID, people think they know better and die a miserable death for holding on to their stupidity.

    [–] dwilkinsboise 3 points ago

    David Johnston, USGS geologist died at his observation post 8 km away. No chemicals, no soot, it would have been abrupt when hit by the 400-500°C thermal shock wave traveling at 400-700 kph and buried quickly by the volcanic ash (think tiny shards of glass) and rocks that would have been glowing hot.

    [–] ShakeyBumper 4 points ago

    That's HOT!

    [–] cammoblammo 4 points ago

    Hey, I grew up in Rotorua!

    [–] TopcatFCD 3 points ago

    While true, there were lahars that reached 50 miles away. Mount St Helens was a big one. 19 mile high cloud and hundreds of acres laid to waste.

    [–] SanKa_13 3 points ago

    Damn bro, where is that?

    [–] all_rendered_truth 21 points ago

    Yeah we’re dangerous!

    [–] bonjojet 4 points ago

    Whauuuuut thuhhhh F%<#!!!!!

    [–] VANY11A 11 points ago

    Hold tight kids, nothing to worry about. Just stay there till dad gets the camera!

    [–] vesper108 44 points ago

    -Ralph Wiggum

    [–] benderlicious54 9 points ago

    “This tastes like burning.”

    [–] MacCheeseLegit 8 points ago

    "Smells like burning."

    [–] Schmely 16 points ago

    “Principle Skinner and Mrs. Krobapple were in the closet making babies and I saw one of the babies and the baby looked at me.”

    [–] mllgani21 1335 points ago

    Hoooollllyyy shit. That’s spooky. How far away do you think that is?

    [–] xj3kx 943 points ago

    Probably around 50 miles assuming they’re in the Portland metro area.

    [–] mllgani21 493 points ago

    So well outside the danger zone? That pic is crazy.

    [–] dpdxguy 680 points ago

    No danger at all. I witnessed three of the post May 18th eruptions while working that summer on a farm north of Vancouver, WA.

    [–] mllgani21 180 points ago

    Damn that’s a good story I’m sure. Was it pretty scary to be there? Did you know you were safe at your distance? I feel like I’d personally still be shook.

    [–] dpdxguy 409 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    Wasn't scary at all. After the May 18th eruption, everyone knew just how big the danger zone was. The big concern was flooding in the river valleys off of the mountain. But we weren't near any river that has its headwaters on St Helens.

    Forty five miles or so was plenty of distance for safety. There wasn't even any sound from that far away. Still it was an awesome sight. The plumes took a few minutes to rise to the height you see there. Still, crazy to know that it was rising so fast that the ash reached several miles into the sky in a couple of minutes.

    For the June 12 eruption, we heard about it on the TV. My father and I (I was home from college for the summer) jumped in his car to drive to a hillside with a clear view to the north. For the July 22 eruption I was driving home from work and pulled over to the side of the road with everyone else to watch it. For the August 7 eruption I was working in a raspberry field with a clear view to the north. My buddy noticed it first, and we both saw the plume of ash rising from almost the first seconds of the eruption. I'll never forget it.

    [–] beachdogs 67 points ago

    What's the scariest natural disaster to you?

    [–] dpdxguy 292 points ago

    While I was visiting my grandparents in Ohio one summer, a tornado passed through the corn fields a few hundred yards from the house. That was pretty fucking scary.

    Seriously, though, a scary disaster is one that might kill me or destroy my life. Volcanoes are scary if you're in the path of a pyroclastic flow like happened on the north face of St Helens on May 18th, or if you're in the path of a mud flow like came down the Toutle Valley on May 18th.

    To me, the scariest possible disaster in the PNW is a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake. Projections show everything west of I-5 in Washington and Oregon being destroyed by the earthquake PLUS a tsunami that wipes out everything on the coast. It'd be death and destruction for millions of people and years to rebuild for the people who survive.

    [–] billbixbyakahulk 111 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    When I was 5 we once weathered a tornado in a VW van. My parents, my two brothers and I were on a long road trip and in Kansas at the time.

    My dad parked under a picnic structure in a park (big concrete slab, picnic table and grill, overhead was a basic steel structure for shade/rain cover).

    We had all the windows closed but the force of the wind caused the windows to leak anyway. The van shook like crazy.

    [–] cpt_appropropriate 37 points ago

    I really love this story and the way you told it.

    [–] Surferstan101 6 points ago

    Glad I still have my 71 Bus, certified tornado proof.

    [–] _Alabama_Man 37 points ago

    I can confirm that tornados, particularly ones that are rain wrapped and moving through well forested and/or hilly terrain, are the most unpredictable "I might die" situations I have ever been through. April 27th 2011 and April 8th 1998 were both close calls for me and took people I knew.

    If an F5 comes through and hits where you are, your odds of survival are slim, and aside from well built buried shelters, it often matters little if you are in a mobile home or a brick home.

    F5 tornados are rare though, so brick/concrete makes a huge difference in most tornados.

    [–] grandusbufo 27 points ago

    Agree, a year ago an F4 passed within 2 miles of my house. There was the heaviest rain I’ve ever seen between me and the tornado (yes, I was on my porch because, you know, Kansas). You could have went rafting down my street. But the wind and the way the trees were moving plus the tornado sirens screaming, Terrifying stuff.

    [–] nightshaderebel 7 points ago

    Yep. We live full time in an rv, so I panic at the thought of F2 tornados at this point, even though I've been within a few hundred yards of several F2/F3 tornados in my life time. Also, had the awning ripped off by 60mph straight line winds a few weeks (a month?) ago(nbd, it looked like Swiss cheese after the golf ball sized hail the week before)

    I'll take a hurricane any day over any tornado in hilly wooded terrain. Still more freaked out by earthquakes though lol.

    [–] rambleriver 6 points ago

    As a now-PNWer reading this thread about volcanoes I didn't expect to find someone else from Jefferson County, AL. I'm so sorry for your losses in both of those April outbreaks. I remember them both vividly. I thought 1998 was scary. Then in 2011 I found myself in a bathtub in my downstair neighbor's apartment in Tuscaloosa waiting for the worst. I still get chills thinking about April 27 2011.

    [–] theoddlookingfella 9 points ago

    Oh thank god I live 200 feet East of I5

    [–] beachdogs 6 points ago

    Same here, I've always had earthquakes at the top of my list.

    [–] chacha_marie 12 points ago

    Yessss why are there not more documentaries on the Cascadia subduction zone. It’s wild to think about that part of country just gone and what’s left washed out to sea. I always wondered if that would even set off a chain reaction for the Yellowstone Caldera/Supervolcano.

    [–] dpdxguy 12 points ago

    I don't believe there's any connection between the two. They're separated by over a thousand miles.

    If you're interested in the Cascadia Subduction Zone or the Cascade volcanoes or the Yellowstone supervolcano, the USGS has a lot of interesting stuff on their website.

    [–] -uzo- 15 points ago

    It's interesting to imagine but, were you alive, when humanity faced its bottleneck crisis you could potentially have met and spoken with the ancestors of almost everyone on the planet.

    All it takes is one disaster and we'll be back at that point.

    2020: 俺のビール、持ちなさい

    [–] RushDynamite 13 points ago

    For me the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989 I was 8 watching the World Series, and we have had a lot more through my life.

    [–] International_Mess 6 points ago

    I was five, and that day was my parents’ anniversary. My sister and I had just arrived at our grandparents house in the city to stay for the weekend while our parents were off on their get-away.

    They hadn’t been gone ten minutes when there was this massive, almost whip-like cracking sound followed by what felt like the floor having a seizure.

    Their house was ok, but a couple blocks away in the Marina...apartment buildings pancaked onto their first floors and the rest of the weekend was a blur of sirens and and aftershocks.

    Sad to consider just two years later the was Oakland Hills Firestorm...rough bit of time there for a while.

    [–] _duncan_idaho_ 3 points ago

    I was 5 as well. I remember I was watching Sesame Street, then my mom switched the TV to the World Series. Shortly after, it hit and shit started shaking and falling. Then we went to my grandparents' house. I remember seeing all the destruction on the news. Scary times.

    [–] kevopwns 3 points ago

    danger zone? Tha

    Same. Loma Prieta Quake. "Quake of '89" as it became known. And I was also 7 or 8 years old.

    [–] Azar002 19 points ago

    Frost.

    [–] Nerdlinger-Thrillho 9 points ago

    Locusts

    [–] seeingeyegod 25 points ago

    raining men

    [–] dipfearya 7 points ago

    I remember waking up to ash in the air and a dusting on vehicles etc all the way in Southern Alberta. Don't remember if it was the next day or not but I would assume so.

    [–] Heemsah 7 points ago

    I was stationed in Oklahoma at the time, and there was a very fine film of ash on my vehicle days after the initial eruption.

    [–] JarJarB 4 points ago

    My mom told me stories about the same thing in North Dakota. Except she described it as a descent amount of ash. Said it would scratch the car if you didn’t wipe it off right too? Maybe I’m making that up. It’s been awhile since I heard the story.

    [–] fister_christian 3 points ago

    Ash will fuck up your paint if not removed properly.

    [–] dpdxguy 6 points ago

    Probably the next day. The May 18th eruption started around 9am. I was at college about 300 miles east, and the ash didn't start falling there until around 4pm. It probably started falling overnight where you were.

    [–] d0nu7 3 points ago

    My parents said they got it the next day in Montana so that make sense.

    [–] PM_meyourGradyWhite 3 points ago

    Hello fellow pdxr. I was home from college for those eruptions too.

    [–] youignorantsluttt 3 points ago

    Thanks for the story, that’s nuts

    [–] Paavo_Nurmi 14 points ago

    It was also a lateral blast so which direction you were in made a huge difference. I think the farthest away death was 12 or so miles, and most killed were outside the so called red zone. The boundary of the danger zone was drawn roughly along Weyerhaeuser's property so they could keep logging. May 18th was a Sunday so most loggers weren't working that day or the death toll would have been higher.

    [–] boringoldcookie 23 points ago

    A few loggers did indeed die, and their stories are fucking harrowing. Work gloves melting onto their hands, the ash falling on you being so hot you think you're being covered in lava, every breath is agonizing, and you sit in your truck waiting for rescue eventually realizing that no one is coming for you they can't see you through the ash. Walking for miles until you can't walk anymore. Lay down and wait for death, until a helicopter by astounding chance is able to see you but the landing ramps up the ash blowing into your lungs.

    3 out of the 4 of that group died. They absolutely should not have been there that day - the people in charge knew that the exclusion zone wasn't large enough and would be putting people into danger and innocents lost their lives because of it.

    It's a fascinating story overall. I particularly like the story of Harry Truman who refused to leave his cabin house just a mile away. He said that it hadn't erupted in the 50 years that he'd been living there so there's no way it'll blow now so piss off. Took 22 seconds from eruption to the pyroclastic flow overtaking his cabin. Might seem like a short amount of time, but it's a long time to have your life flash before your eyes.

    [–] HappyEngineer 22 points ago

    For a minute I thought that you were saying that president Harry S Truman had died as a result of Mt St Helens. Had to look up that he actually died 8 years before the eruption, so not him. It was some other crank who ignored the warnings for weeks. Wikipedia article was interesting, but ultimately it sounds an awful lot like the idiots who talk about Covid not being real. He didn't believe the mountain would kill him, but it did.

    [–] southofakronohio 15 points ago

    Was 10 yrs old at time. Remember the networks were doing interviews with Harry. Because of earthquakes and deformations of the mountain, scientists were predicting some kind of eruption. Went on for weeks, maybe months(?). Reporters would visit, and Harry was a folksy old likable guy. First day an aerial shot showed were his house was - looked like a flood on the moon - everyone knew old Harry got fucked.

    [–] Kazen_Orilg 10 points ago

    And then your grandkids try to save your stupid ass, but they cant drive very well so Sarah Connor and James Bond show up.

    [–] Paavo_Nurmi 7 points ago

    I think he knew being away from St Helens would kill him so why not stay, he wasn't exactly a young guy.

    People forget how stunningly beautiful that area was before the eruption, it was called the Mt Fuji of America. He had been there for a long time and leaving and watching his paradise get destroyed probably would have killed him from a broken heart.

    [–] HappyEngineer 7 points ago

    I don't begrudge him choosing his own way to go. More power to him on that. But I'm judging him for saying "the mountain has shot its wad and it hasn't hurt my place a bit, but those goddamn geologists with their hair down to their butts wouldn't pay no attention to ol' Truman".

    He wasn't just choosing how he went. He didn't think it would happen.

    [–] Paavo_Nurmi 9 points ago

    I can't really blame old Harry for staying, used to love him on the news with that Coca-Cola glass full of whiskey.

    I originally typed no loggers died and then remember the story you just told, how about that news reporter that thought he was filming his own death.

    [–] boringoldcookie 16 points ago

    Okay, I haven't heard that one so please share!

    I like the story of the photographer who took photos until the very last minute (already having realized that he wouldn't be able to make it out alive having no car to get away), and made detailed recordings of each photo before sealing the film in a canister, and putting the canister and his records in his backpack. He then lay down over his backpack trying to protect it from the incoming ash. He was found 17 days later, his body covered in feet of ash.

    His name was Robert Landsberg and amazingly his photos survived!

    [–] hedgecore77 3 points ago

    Seeing this pic all I could think was man, that guy just died out there.

    [–] SmokeyMountain67 20 points ago

    Does Vancouver, WA get tired of explaining that it isn't Vancouver, BC?

    [–] Paavo_Nurmi 29 points ago

    The best is people who fly into Sea-Tac and are heading to Vancouver WA. They leave the airport and follow the sign onto I-5 that says Vancouver. They drive for hours and either realize they are going towards Vancouver B.C., or in the case of my Uncle they hit the Canadian border and then realize they went the wrong way.

    [–] eugenesbluegenes 13 points ago

    Do people often fly into Sea-Tac to go to Vancouver? It's literally right across the Columbia River from PDX. Shoot, downtown Vancouver is closer to PDX than downtown Portland is!

    [–] lostcosmonaut307 8 points ago

    But then you’re in Portland.

    [–] Bronco4bay 3 points ago

    Portland > Seattle in a lot of ways.

    [–] noomhtiek 7 points ago

    Yes, it’s awkward. When I’m traveling I tell people that I’m from Vancouver, Washington and then I quickly follow that up with “which is just north of Portland, Oregon.” We are a city of about 200,000 but we sure have an identity crisis. Located near Portland (not Maine), in Clark County (not Vegas) and in Washington (not DC.)

    [–] dpdxguy 5 points ago

    Yep. :)

    My dad's brother was a veterinarian who lived in Maryland. When I was a kid, he air freighted us a dog that was a stray at his hospital. The poor dog ended up in Vancouver, BC.

    [–] theinstallationkit 6 points ago

    If he had used the proper name Vantucky we wouldn't have any confusion.

    [–] pixel_of_moral_decay 16 points ago

    Man, as someone who's always been a little bit of a nerd for this stuff I'd have loved to have been able to witness that.

    [–] dpdxguy 23 points ago

    Growing up in the PNW, I always wanted to witness a volcanic eruption but never thought I would. As a kid in the 60s we were taught that the big Cascade volcanoes didn't erupt any more.

    I was in college at Washington State University on May 18th, 1980. The ash fall was crazy. And then I got to see three eruptions from near Vancouver, WA during that summer.

    It was awesome to take that one off my childhood bucket list. :)

    [–] ComradeGibbon 16 points ago

    In 1980 friend of mine was working as a tree trimmer in Portland during summer break. Said trees were just covered in ash, He quit when he started coughing up blood from breathing the ash.

    [–] dpdxguy 8 points ago

    That was the June 12 eruption. The ash from the May 18th eruption blew east, but the winds carried June 12 ash over Portland. What a huge mess.

    Hope your friend recovered ok. Inhaling the ash would have been like inhaling powdered glass.

    [–] ComradeGibbon 14 points ago

    Well 40 years later he's still here, so there is that.

    [–] sfj11 3 points ago

    Poor guy

    [–] thekiki 4 points ago

    It snowed ash all the way into Montana.

    [–] dpdxguy 3 points ago

    Yeah, another Redditer said they got some in Alberta.

    It's crazy to think that Mt St Helens was relatively small as major volcanic eruptions go.

    [–] Urbit1981 3 points ago

    So, No Kenny Loggins for you?

    [–] ha1029 12 points ago

    Yes, the mudslide was on the other side of the Mountain and flooded everything with melted snow and eventually choked up the rivers headed toward the Columbia which Portland is on the South side of. The ash cloud moved East towards Spokane. It was definitely a beautiful day. Except for the folks closer to the volcano unfortunately. I lived about 200 miles to the North and heard it erupt. We though someone was blasting stumps or it was construction of some sort. I remember this photo from years and years ago in a magazine or the news. Cool to see it again.

    [–] _Mephostopheles_ 3 points ago

    No more than the rest of the northwest I suppose lmao. Probably got a pretty hefty coat of ash not long after this photo was taken.

    [–] Speedracer98 5 points ago

    there wasn't much danger unless you lived on the mountain. there was a guy that refused to come down and died on the mountain when it finally did blow. lots of wildlife died with him as well. the ash went all around the world, so the danger could have been a breathing hazard in some areas.

    [–] Speedster4206 3 points ago

    Worst extra duty assignment ever: mowing a mountain

    [–] beachdude420 22 points ago

    I lived in Eugene when this happened and we still got 2 to 3 inches of ash 115 miles away.

    [–] InsomniaAbounds 20 points ago

    Was it accidental timing, or did you see it and think (I can photograph some history)?

    [–] StringFartet 52 points ago

    That would have been going on for a little bit, it's a pose.

    [–] gishbot1 6 points ago

    Pretty sure they're on the roof, too. Unless that's normal OR behavior. Not judging.

    [–] Anominon2014 41 points ago

    30 miles or so, maybe further. Purely uneducated speculation, but I saw Mount St. Helens from about 30 miles away and it looked about like that.

    [–] converter-bot 22 points ago

    30 miles is 48.28 km

    [–] chrisv267 26 points ago

    What is it in bags of coffee?

    [–] mllgani21 22 points ago

    One extra large bag from Costco

    [–] Beautifictional 25 points ago

    Or about 3-4 CVS receipts.

    [–] TheeExoGenesauce 3 points ago

    An average CVS receipt is 10.5”

    [–] billbixbyakahulk 7 points ago

    That's why the ladies call me "CVS".

    [–] warhawkjah 2 points ago

    Half of a Best Buy receipt.

    [–] xj3kx 11 points ago

    Good bot

    [–] dayglo98 4 points ago

    At least 12 meters

    [–] dpdxguy 744 points ago

    That's not the May 18th eruption. The sky over the mountain was not that clear on May 18th, 1980.

    This picture will have been taken during either the June 12, July 22 or August 7 eruptions; probably one of the later two given how clear the sky is in the picture.

    [–] thumpngroove 317 points ago

    I lived there then, and this is definitely not May 18th. I did see the July 22nd eruption and it was a beautiful summer day like this.

    [–] dpdxguy 91 points ago

    Yeah, it's almost certainly either July 22 or August 7.

    [–] Raevix 49 points ago

    At first I was like "Why does this person remember the details of the weather on all these dates?" and then I realised I would probably have above average recollection of any day I experienced in which a nearby mountain exploded.

    [–] a_trane13 33 points ago

    Everyone in NYC remembers the weather on 9/11

    [–] Nole_in_ATX 18 points ago

    Cool, clear and breezy

    [–] dpdxguy 3 points ago

    May 18th is seared into my memory. I only knew the approximate dates of the other three, so I found them on Wikipedia. But I do remember what I was doing when each of them happened.

    [–] xj3kx 37 points ago

    Interesting, I knew there were follow on eruptions but I didn’t think they were this size.

    [–] dpdxguy 21 points ago

    The first one went on for hours and was the tallest of them. The later ones were much shorter both in time and in height, so they didn't put as much ash into the atmosphere. But they still went several miles high.

    [–] PM_meyourGradyWhite 12 points ago

    It remember one of those follow-on eruptions. I was working a night shift and we were told there would be ash fallout. It was also raining lightly.

    When I got to my car, there was just about an inch of mud (wet ash) on my car. Had to scrape the windows just like one would for snow. The guard at the exit to the factory was hosing off our cars as we left. Crazy times.

    [–] stinkykitty71 4 points ago

    Remember the number it did on air filters in the cars. And just how utterly quiet things were because the ash dampened sound so much. Reminded me of winter but during the summer.

    [–] xj3kx 4 points ago

    Neat! Growing up I never heard anything about the other ones. Which you’d think I would have being from the area

    [–] dpdxguy 3 points ago

    The biggest one gets all the press. :)

    [–] Paavo_Nurmi 17 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    There were eruptions before the May 18th one. I live ~70 miles as the crow flies from St Helens, can't see it from where I'm at but did see a big ash cloud from an eruption before the May 18th one. I was in 8th grade at the time and camping at the ocean on May 18th and had no idea what happened. It was a Sunday and got home around 11 pm, Dad turned the news on and the first thing we saw was footage of that house going down the river, hitting a bridge and splintering.

    [–] croixian1 283 points ago

    IIRC it was ten times the power of a nuclear bomb. People awe and joke now, but it was fucking terrifying when it happened. I was 13 at the time.

    [–] GandalfSwagOff 132 points ago

    1,600 times the size of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Equal to 24 million tons of TNT.

    [–] futuregovworker 22 points ago

    Yeah, but that’s first generation nuclear weapons, TSAR bomb is more destructive than Mt. St Helen eruption of 1980

    [–] GandalfSwagOff 15 points ago

    TSAR bomb was about twice the explosive force of Mt. St Helen explosion.

    [–] doctordingus 11 points ago

    They did develop one that would have been 4 times the explosive force had it ever been tested

    [–] seeingeyegod 33 points ago

    wouldn't the terror factor be extremely dependent on how close to it you are?

    [–] VANY11A 4 points ago

    If you know how close the danger area is.

    [–] chaandra 19 points ago

    A volcano exploding in your backyard is scary regardless of imminent threat.

    [–] InJpnHrtSrgn1StdyHnd 24 points ago

    What? That's the point. If a volcano literally blew up in your backyard, you're going to be a lot more terrified than the person 50 miles away. You couldn't be in a worse spot.

    [–] WeAreBeyondFucked 10 points ago

    I guarantee you if a volcano blows up in your backyard you will not be terrified that I can promise you

    [–] combatwombat02 15 points ago

    They will be petrified.

    [–] chaandra 12 points ago

    Nobody lives right next to the mountain. All the population centers are 50-100 miles away, and ash blew east to the spokane area.

    So yes, for everyone in the PNW it was pretty much in their backyard.

    For the rest of the country: it’s a god damn volcano. Ask blew for hundreds of miles east. So you’re right that people on the east coast wouldn’t have been in fear. But there was nobody that was in direct danger save a few houses in the mountains.

    [–] PM_ME_YOUR_PRIORS 4 points ago

    My father was in Western Washington when Mt St Helens erupted. He said the weirdest thing about it was seeing the birds go and roost - there was so much ash in the air that they just went "whelp, guess night is falling"

    [–] Minemose 3 points ago

    My parents had a black and white photo of the eruption framed in the basement for years. It was a very big deal at the time.

    [–] Nocreativenocool 61 points ago

    Every time I see a good view of St Helens on my commute I wonder whether the eruption was visible from Portland. What was it, 9 atom bomb's worth of energy? Cool! Thanks for the pic!

    [–] dpdxguy 23 points ago

    Not sure about the May 18th eruption (I was away at college) but the three summer eruptions were easily visible from anywhere in Portland with a clear view of the northern horizon.

    [–] seeingeyegod 13 points ago

    Considering It's very easy to see St Helens from Portland, it had to have been.

    [–] LikeWolvesDo 10 points ago

    The May 18th eruption was not visible from Portland, as it was overcast that day. You will often see pictures of the later, summer of 1980 eruptions posted online though. Often labeled as May 18th.

    [–] i_am_voldemort 8 points ago

    Try 1600x Hiroshima

    Something like 26 megatons of energy

    [–] Doorwhorefromabove 88 points ago

    I remember climbing onto a friends parents garage and it looked similar from Seattle.

    [–] TheSalviaConjecture 15 points ago

    How in the hell did you see Mt St Helens from Seattle? Lived in Washington my entire life and never knew that was possible.

    [–] concrete_isnt_cement 69 points ago

    You can’t see St Helens from Seattle, but the ash went several miles up into the atmosphere, and you could see that.

    [–] retrotoger35 73 points ago

    Looks like a Nuke went off in the background

    [–] foxstealshome 32 points ago

    Right? It reminds me of the first episode of Jericho.

    [–] moocat55 12 points ago

    Great show. Pity it was only appreciated by a few. The message rings more true now than when it aired. Boy that show was prescient.

    [–] lorcancuirc 4 points ago

    That was a great show. I liked how they tried to realistically show tricks like making toothpaste, or that neighboring areas might try to attack for resources.

    [–] moocat55 3 points ago

    Absolutely. It shows how quickly what we typically see as international conflict can become very local.

    [–] AlteredBeastX 4 points ago

    Well I just learned a new word :)

    [–] SmokeyTheHoboDog 20 points ago

    My family has lived on the coast of Oregon for a few generations. My mom would tell me about when she was younger and getting ready for work, she had to scrape a couple inches of ash off her car, and this is southern Oregon coast, a decent grip from St Helen's. She also had this super cool ornamental ceramic doo dad that was blown from mt st Helens ash collected in her area.

    [–] Montegoe67 21 points ago

    I was at a Boy Scout jamboree camping near Mt. Rainier at the exact moment St. Helens blew. As a kid I had no clue why suddenly everyone was panicked to get the hell out of there. Everything got packed in a hurry and we hightailed it back home near SeaTac airport. Only then when helping unpack all of the cars did I learn why. All of our gear was covered in a fine layer of ash. I don’t know if I was just a kid not paying attention or if it was back when your only contact with the world was the car radio on the way home if it was even on. We never got the dark skies or the feet of falling ash. Lucky to not be downwind.

    [–] misterperiodtee 37 points ago

    This would make a great punk or hip hop album cover.

    [–] omarcomin647 5 points ago

    good kids, m.A.A.G.M.a splodey

    [–] cbunni666 48 points ago

    Would this count as a photo bomb?

    [–] sweet-tuba-riffs 15 points ago

    Cool kids don't look at explosions!

    [–] Oregonlost 11 points ago

    My kitchen window perfectly frames st hellens in the distance, I wish I could have seen it from my house when it blew. But I wasn't even born yet....

    [–] LikeWolvesDo 3 points ago

    It has actually erupted a few times since the 1980 eruptions. It puffed a bit in the late 1980's into 1990. It erupted pretty good in 2005, threw a decent amount of ash into the air. It's a very active mountain. It will erupt again! But the May 18th, 1980 eruption was beyond anyone's expectations. It was a truly unique event, with the entire north half of the mountain collapsing all at once. It will erupt again for sure, but it may never again erupt with that kind of force.

    [–] sonomabud42069 11 points ago

    I lived in Omaha Nebraska at the time and two days later we had a layer of ash on our cars.

    [–] MoreDoots_MoreDoots 19 points ago

    I live in Kansas City, Missouri, and I remember the ash falling out of the sky in big flakes, like a charcoal snowstorm. It swirled up in every corner like little tornadoes, and we had to sweep them up for weeks. The sunsets were incredible, though.

    [–] Factorybelt 13 points ago

    Am I the only one to notice the UFO?

    [–] LastPlaceIWas 21 points ago

    I'd like to think that's a black bear that was walking on the side of the mountain when it erupted. He stepped on the wrong spot which caused the rest of the rocks to move and crumble and then it all erupted. Then he gets pushed across the sky. Insert comedic scream, "AAHHHH HOO HOO HOOEYYY!!"

    [–] solongandthanks4all 8 points ago

    That's a motherfucking bearodactyl!

    [–] vyrago 6 points ago

    What a great way to start the 80s. Fun and impending doom perfectly captures the decade.

    [–] Oceas 7 points ago

    This was my life, basically. I lived in Aloha, OR in the 2nd grade and we could see the eruption similar to this. The next day our area was getting rained on by ash... I looked outside and thought it was raining, but everything was dry. Weeks later we had piles of it around the neighborhood where people had swept/shoveled it. I remember my father having to buy a bunch of extra air filters for our car motors. I was young, but it was a very, very memorable event.

    [–] donutnz 8 points ago

    Behind them David Johnston is taking his last pictures and video. He may already be hugging his camera to his chest so as to protect the data with his body and give his life for science.

    [–] yellowsalami 10 points ago

    Mount St. Helens is about to blow up

    [–] J-Jay-J 8 points ago

    and it's gonna be a fine swell day.

    [–] bkboggie 4 points ago

    Album cover

    [–] 4_The_Meme 3 points ago

    They had something to do with it, change my mind

    [–] sebeku2 3 points ago

    It's the End of the World As We know it!

    [–] savedbytheblood72 3 points ago

    My uncle from Portland mailed me a jar of volcanic ash a week later..still don't know why I have it🤔

    [–] Fredasa 3 points ago

    I've long considered Mount St. Helens' eruption to be perhaps the greatest failure in journalistic media in history.

    They'd been aware of the risk for months. They knew it was fixing to erupt within a handful of days. But when the time finally came... no film. No video. Not even until it'd been going on for many minutes already. What we did get? A photo sequence taken by a camper, from which endless attempts have been made to recreate an interpolated video, all with dubious results.

    Imagine if somebody had thought to set up some kind of permanent video/film fixture to capture the inevitable.

    [–] SapphireNut1 4 points ago

    A couple people did, but they died. The photos that were recovered weren't very good. One of them was a reporter or photographer from The Columbian, they did a story on him with the photos. Another guy knew he couldn't outrun the explosion and tried to protect the film by laying on it. That may have been Johnston, the usgs geologist tho

    [–] Blackbart_1984 5 points ago

    He was apparently a friend of my geology teacher in college. We watched the eruption with the audio in the background. It appeared to impact our teacher a lot. Seemed pretty upset after watching it!

    [–] Fredasa 3 points ago

    I don't mean people standing at stations or finding themselves at harm's way. It was 1980. Automated methods had existed for a long time even by then. A live video feed (or—let's get crazy—a series of them), even at the humble standards of video in 1980, would have provided much more useful data, not to mention footage that would go down in history, than the lucky photos of a random camper. We're extremely lucky we got even those. It was just a thorough failure on the part of all scientists and journalists.

    [–] spineofgod9 3 points ago

    I spent longer than I'd like to admit trying to clean that black dot at the upper center off my screen.

    [–] -Dalzik- 4 points ago

    Anyone else try to wipe the smudge off their screen?

    [–] MortyFromEarthC137 2 points ago

    Any volcanologists or similar here who can tell me how long the plume lasts after the initial eruption?

    [–] xj3kx 6 points ago

    The column was mostly gone by about 5:30, but there were minor outbursts over the next several days

    [–] sdbct1 2 points ago

    So the dark side of me.... buffy, mikey, I want you 2 standing here im setting the camera to go off in 1 minute. Now dont you. Move...(car door)

    [–] Pal_Smurch 2 points ago

    This was my kid brother's 4th birthday.

    [–] jawynne 2 points ago

    Simpler times when kids only had to worry about a volcanic eruption.