It’s wonderful (from a distance) to follow the ongoing eruption at Kilauea via the Web. Twitter is especially helpful.
I’ve been wondering what the 1980 reawakening and eruption of Mount St. Helens would have been like on Twitter. Here are some tweets I’ve found from volcanologists and other interested people who have not forgotten May 18, 1980, as well as a movie from the National Archives.
A good overview of the entire event is in Volcano Cowboys. I’m not connected with that book in any way–just really liked how it presented this and other eruptions in a human context.
— USGS (@USGS) May 8, 2014
— Forest Service NW (@ForestServiceNW) September 28, 2017
March 31, 1980:
This is the 38th anniversary of the 1980 reawakening of Mount St. Helens. In April, the volcano settles into routine activity and people are becoming weary of restrictions. https://t.co/Xcqs1cNOTQ pic.twitter.com/HgqJ4pleDw
— USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) April 20, 2018
This is the 38th anniversary of the 1980 reawakening of Mount St. Helens. On April 9, 1980, small to moderate explosive emissions of steam and volcanic ash. https://t.co/V4Fs3kRGQT pic.twitter.com/MWTy2PedjX
— USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) April 6, 2018
— USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) April 7, 2017
— USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) April 13, 2018
‘On April 13, 1980, USGS scientists Don Swanson and Jim Moore are monitoring ground changes from the Timberline parking area on the north flank of Mount St. Helens…’ https://t.co/sEJFHX2Lzj pic.twitter.com/IuWf4zFXD7
— Dr Janine Krippner (@janinekrippner) April 13, 2018
— USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) April 28, 2017
— USGS (@USGS) May 15, 2017
38 years ago, #USGS scientist David Johnston hikes into Mount St. Helens’ crater to sample the summit pond. Shaky video from his colleague on the rim recently unearthed in USGS-CVO archives. https://t.co/1GyXb0xjCn pic.twitter.com/6EP9zRMcVP
— USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) April 27, 2018
In the spring of 1980, #MtStHelens was bulging outward at about 4 ft. per day! Here, geologists are at the monitoring station at Timberline on May 2, 1980, on the northeast side of the volcano. #TBT pic.twitter.com/tr9uBPNe54
— Mount St. Helens (@MtStHelensNVM) May 3, 2018
38 years ago, scientists haul a trailer to Coldwater II observation post, 5.5 miles from the north flank of Mount St. Helens. It’s just two weeks before the big eruption. https://t.co/nKuX7yqvXC pic.twitter.com/VqZXKin60k
— USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) May 4, 2018
May 5 through May 11:
— Dr Janine Krippner (@janinekrippner) May 5, 2016
— USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) May 11, 2018
— USGS (@USGS) May 16, 2017
May 17, 1980:
— USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) May 17, 2017
— Raisin 🍇 Jelly 🍊 (@RaisinboyJelly) May 18, 2017
— Simon Carn (@simoncarn) May 18, 2017
— USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) February 23, 2018
Twitter hastag #msh35
— Dr Janine Krippner (@janinekrippner) November 13, 2017
Two well-known volcanologist fatalities are associated with Mount St. Helens. Their stories are very well covered in the book mentioned above.
David Johnston, of course, had those famous last words (which apparently were heard by local ham radio operators but did not make it to the USGS post in Vancouver, Washington):
— Simon Carn (@simoncarn) May 18, 2017
After the blast, Harry Glicken went over the debris field, working out exactly how the north flank of the volcano had come apart.
Later, in 1991, he perished at Unzen Volcano in Japan in a pyroclastic surge, along with Maurice and Katia Krafft and others.
Harry Glicken did incredible work on the Mount St. Helens May 18 debris avalanche deposit. He pieced together the story of the massive and chaotic deposits. You can read his work here: https://t.co/fi4COcYCfW #VolcanoCup pic.twitter.com/tZH0KVTCnF
— Dr Janine Krippner (@janinekrippner) February 9, 2018