Making the most of volcano preparedness month in Washington

By Gordon Williams May is Volcano Preparedness Month in Washington State--a reminder that Mount St, Helens blew its top on a day in May in 1980, and a chance to learn how to coexist with the state’s array of dangerously active volcanoes. In announcing Volcano Preparedness Month, the U,S. Geological Survey (USGS) says the event … Continue reading Making the most of volcano preparedness month in Washington

The day in May -40 years ago- when Mount St. Helens blew up

By Gordon Williams On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted violently — killing 57 people, producing significant changes in the landscape and providing a vivid reminder that Washington state is home to some of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes. To help mark the 40th anniversary, May has been designated as volcano preparedness month. This article … Continue reading The day in May -40 years ago- when Mount St. Helens blew up

America’s highest-risk volcanoes are right here in Washington

By Gordon Williams The U.S. Geological Survey recently published a new ranking of the nation’s most dangerous volcanoes, and Washington State is arguably at the top. The latest ranking updates a 2005 report, listing Kilauea in Hawaii as the most threatening volcano, followed by Washington State’s Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier. Also in Washington … Continue reading America’s highest-risk volcanoes are right here in Washington

Make the most of Volcano Preparedness Month

By Gordon Williams It is mildly interesting to know that May is National Hamburger Month, National Salad Month and Older Americans Month. But if you live in Washington state, you should definitely know that May is Volcano Preparedness Month — officially proclaimed so by Washington Governor Jay Inslee. To understand what is behind that proclamation, … Continue reading Make the most of Volcano Preparedness Month