Mount Saint Helen’s
waking up to ash several hours away in Canada was astonishing. I don’t remember feeling any of the related quakes because I was sleeping.
Whenever I have been awake. I have always been able to sense the aftershocks from Seattle centred quakes like the 2000 Rattle in Seattle and another one in the late 1990s that resulted in up to 5.3 shakes in Vancouver BC.
In any case, around 1985, an aunt took me and my sister on a road trip to Mt. Saint Helens and it was one of the most profound experiences of my life.
seeing the devastation and the recovery taking place was transformative
I remember driving and all the scenery of trees looked normal
then there was a clear line and they all looked melted and deformed
then there was another clear line and everything was ash, scorched… petrified by fire
hints of green returning in the form of small ground level plants here and there
we ended up on a forestry road in a danger zone
there were still rocks shooting out on occaision
but some American Forest Rangers set us back to the beaten tourist path
we were glad for their help and guidance
we hadn’t realized where we’d ended up
I have followed the Iceland island that appeared in the 1960s and how plants, animals and insects took hold there over the last few decades
the recent Japan island should be just as informative
if we last long enough
we have perpetual motion energy
the Earth itself
we just need to tap into that wave energy
water and wind
it’s really about the density
not living on death
they are the past eras carbon sinks, eh?