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Eruption : the untold story of Mount St. Helens

by Olson, Steve, 1956-

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 11 Libraries 11 of 14 copies
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For months in early 1980, scientists, journalists and ordinary people listened anxiously to rumblings in the long quiescent volcano Mount St. Helens. Still, when a massive explosion took the top off the mountain, no one was prepared. Fifty-seven people died and the lives of many others were changed forever.

Steve Olson interweaves history, science and vivid personal stories to portray the disaster as a multi-faceted turning point. Powerful economic, political and historical forces influenced who died when the volcano erupted. The eruption of Mount St. Helens transformed volcanic science, the study of environmental resilience and our perceptions of how to survive on an increasingly dangerous planet.

The land
The warnings
The conservationists
The eruption
The rescues
The monument
Decline and renewal

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens caused the deaths of 57 people and initiated a new era in the field of volcanic science. It was also the perfect storm of private and public interests bringing together loggers, environmentalists, scrappy frontier individualists, and the politics of money and power tied to the land and reaching all the way to the governor's office. Olson wisely focuses on the many people involved in the eruption, creating evocative profiles of those who studied, worked, and died on the mountain. He also delves deeply into the history of land ownership and use of Mount St. Helens and how the powerful Weyerhaeuser family came to control so much of the region's economy. More important, he puts to rest the persistent lie that those who lost their lives in the eruption were breaking laws and somehow culpable in their own deaths. Olson shows how it was political weakness more than anything else that affected the body count and only dumb luck that kept it from rising even higher. This is a thoroughly sourced, compelling, and significant read.--Mondor, Colleen Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Olson (Count Down) brings cinematic structure to descriptions of the events surrounding the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980, finding in them a lesson for those tasked with mitigating the effects of future disasters. He sets the scene by presenting the history of the U.S. Forest Service and describing the growth of Weyerhaeuser, a forest-products company that owned much of the land around the mountain. Olson also introduces geologists and their attempts to convey the extent of the volcano's capabilities once it began to rumble in March. A group led by the Forest Service proposed restricting areas, authorized by governor Dixy Lee Ray, but they left land owned by Weyerhaeuser unrestricted despite its proximity to an ominous bulge in the mountain's side. With the danger clear to readers, Olson follows the individuals who were near the mountain on the night before the eruption, reconstructing the final moments of those who died and the paths that the survivors took to where they could be rescued. He concludes with descriptions of the explosion's aftermath, the establishment of the national monument, and the scientific advances based on research on the eruption. Making it clear that these deaths could have been prevented by properly established restricted areas, Olson takes a detailed and human-centered look at a terrible disaster. Agent: Raphael Sagalyn, ICM/Sagalyn. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Volcanic eruptions -- Washington (State)
Volcanoes -- Washington (State)
Saint Helens, Mount (Wash.) -- Eruption, 1980.
Publisher New York :2016
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description xvii 300 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780393242799
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