Essay on The Eruption Of The Volcano
On May 17, 1980, after two months of thousands of daily earthquakes and more steam blasts, the volcano was silent again. Many observers had been there to watch the expected drama. They went home, thinking that the excitement was over.
But it wasn’t.
On May 18, 1980, just seconds after David Johnson radioed those final words to his colleagues, the huge mountain blew itself apart in the worst volcanic event in the contiguous United States since 1915. His monitoring station was more than 5 miles away, which he considered a safe distance.
A huge landslide bulldozed down the mountain at almost 700 miles per hour, crashing over everything in its path. Debris roared through the land below as far as 14 miles (23 km) west of the blast. The…