ARES, Kilauea, and the 38th Anniversary of the Mt. St. Helens Eruption

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  1. KC7JNJ

    KC7JNJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I heard it go off, from Tonasket it was loud. I don’t think DEM was ready for the speed or the force.
  2. KC7JNJ

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    Mike had you been part of the tree planting crew that was with Kathy Anderson?
  3. W7DPS

    W7DPS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Mt. St. Helens put out several ash plumes in the days following May 18, 1980. At the time, I was an ARES District Emergency Coordinator living in Richland, WA. During one of our statewide nets on 75 meters, the band was doing well, and then over the space of about 5 seconds it faded out to nothing. I learned later that the mountain had belched out another huge ash plume right then. It was interesting to see what the plume did to propagation.
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  4. K8UV

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    On that fateful Sunday my 3 sons and I were fishing on Big Sturgeon Lake on Sauvies Island on the Columbia River
    about 30 air miles from the volcano. I will never forget my youngest saying as he pointed to wards the volcano....
    "hey Dad whats that? A huge plum of ash was over 30,000 feet in the sky...I turned on the radio on my new 3 week
    old pickup truck and the airwaves were pandemonium. I told the boys to pack up and make our 1 hour drive back to
    our home in Portland. By then the ash fall out began and that was another story. When I sold my truck 6 years later
    there was still small traces of ash in parts of the body. My ham call at the time was KG7FS and I worked for Portland
    Radio in town. Good memories and sad ones too.

    de Rich K8UV in SE Michigan
  5. AE7XG

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    May 18th 1980 , Sunday morning. I was getting our boat ready to go fishing. I heard what sounded like thunder , looked up and saw very dark clouds. My wife came out of the house and told me St. Helen's blew. So I began covering up the boat and putting things away. She filled everything she could find to hold water because we did not know how this will effect our water supply. Watched and listen to tv and broadcast radio to what was going on. By 12:00 noon the Yakima area was so dark the street lights came on . It was so quiet , so eerie . No birds no cars no people out and about. Kind of scary.
  6. W2ZF

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    About a week later, I found a very light covering of ash on my house and deck. This was in Long Island, New York.
  7. K4KWH

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    I wanted to ask a question. How much did Mt. St. Helens affect worldwide weather in or after 1980? Do other eruptions (known) have a cooling effect on the atmosphere? Of course, I'm thinking of Kilauea at this time, too.
  8. G3SEA

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    Hawaii Island aka The Big Island of Hawaii has the highest rate of Sulfur Dioxide in the Nation.
    This distinction was established back in 2016 by the EPA.

    For Context,a study led by Dr Elizabeth Tam- chairwoman of medicine at the University of Hawaii Medical School-found that the air pollution output from Kilauea was equal to one-tenth of the annual pollution for all of China !

    Source Honolulu Star Advertiser 5/21/18

    This is another revelation that puts pollution sources in a new perspective.

    Regardless our thoughts and material donations are ongoing for those affected on the Big Island of Hawaii.

  9. K4KWH

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    While I agree with doing whatever we can do about pollution, I also find it almost laughable that we, as a species, think WE can do better than Nature. Remaining apolitical as much as possible, I do sometimes compare our human, and feeble, efforts to the Biblical legend(?) of the Tower of Babel. Allegedly, "man" came to believe he could do better than Nature, or the Creator. So he began to build a tower to the Heavens, to "touch the Face of God", according to the story. Why did Man do that? Whether you believe it or not, there was a lesson presented in the story about "getting too big for our "breeches" (britches), trying to outdo Nature itself. Supposedly it was the basis for the various languages as the people became scattered. What I got out of the story is that it is difficult for a People to remain unified in one purpose for very long. Eventually confusion reigned, and there was a rift. (War) The tower was abandoned. The other part was, while they had extreme optimism, they had embarked on an impossible task. The technology of the period (and I believe it still does) would not allow such a tall building whatever height they thought it might be. Perhaps they began to argue, upon reaching the limits of their technology, arguments began to break out (confusion, strife).

    Again this is not a Bible lesson, but just a thought, an opinion, on the global warming issue. So have we embarked on an impossible "Tower" by thinking that WE (mankind alone) can "fix" global warming? As I said, I certainly think there ARE things we can do. "Cut a tree, PLANT a tree". Make vehicles as pollution-free as possible. Don't be reckless with the planet. We are captives here (and I intend to remain on Mother Earth), but sometimes the loud, confident boastings of *certain* ones still make me smile. Are WE building another "Tower"?:confused:

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