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(YouTube)   May 18, 1980 - Where were you the day Mount St. Helens blew its top?   ( youtube.com) divider line
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2017-05-18 08:22:49 AM  
Like most people, I had not yet been born
 
2017-05-18 09:11:26 AM  
I was in the Pacific NW pushing a button next to a sign saying "MT. ST. HELENS." Why do you ask?
 
2017-05-18 09:16:58 AM  
Recently married. Wife had a stillbirth. Shiatty time.
 
2017-05-18 09:21:32 AM  
Delivering papers on my paper route. There was a dog on the route that had a bark that sounded like a person talking.

I remember the lengthy article in National Geographic about the eruption. It kinda broke my heart because there was a photo of a girl, about my age,  crying because her parents were missing after the eruption. I thought how awful it would be to lose my parents. And then I thought how brutal this world can be.
 
2017-05-18 09:33:59 AM  
Great place to Visit.

Volcano burgers are great.
 
2017-05-18 09:55:01 AM  
Germany. My Dad was stationed in a sleepy mountain post.
 
2017-05-18 10:22:48 AM  
Packing it with explosives.
 
2017-05-18 10:25:02 AM  
Art class, 6th grade, feeling fairly happy that I was on the other side of the continent.
 
2017-05-18 10:26:04 AM  
I was in 8th grade, and it was a Sunday.  I don't think we knew it had happened until the evening news.
 
2017-05-18 10:30:31 AM  
3rd grade.  A few days before it blew, and most people had evacuated, there was this old codger who lived at the foot of the mountain being interviewed, and he said he wasn't scared and would never leave.

His house was in an area that no longer exists and his body was never found.
 
2017-05-18 10:47:18 AM  
I was EXACTLY 184.09 miles away in bed wishing god would kill me and everybody around me.  God missed.  God really missed.  If he had blown up Mt. Baker toward the west it would have been a wish come true.   Oh well.  It kinda worked out for the best, eventually.  Kinda. At the time though, whew.  Man.  What a disappointment.   We didnt even get much ash.
 
2017-05-18 10:52:38 AM  
Kindergarten.  I was excited, because the new said Washington was going to get covered in ashes and I lived in Northern Virginia.  Told everyone at school we were going to get volcano ashes.  Then I was disappointed.
 
2017-05-18 11:14:48 AM  
In 8th grade.
 
2017-05-18 12:26:19 PM  
Literally shiatting my pants.

/I was 11 months old at the time
//And my baby brother was born that day
 
2017-05-18 12:27:40 PM  
Living in Springfield, Oregon and was roughly 5 months pregnant. We got some ash, but not as much as places north of us did, obviously. We collected some of it in an empty aspirin bottle and sent it to my maternal grandma in Denver.
 
2017-05-18 12:29:33 PM  
I was 10, so not sure but probably close to nuthin', being a Sunday and all
 
2017-05-18 12:29:49 PM  
Somewhere in Florida as a kid.  I was probably scared until my parents told me that it wouldn't affect me. Then I asked for an Atari.
 
2017-05-18 12:37:36 PM  
Helping a friend move. There had been a lot of media coverage the week before, and I kind of shrugged off. When we got his TV set up, the first thing on was the picture of the ash plume.

\ Impressive
\\ Would have been more impressive if it had been the other side of the mountain that collapsed.
 
2017-05-18 12:38:27 PM  
About to turn 2.  My birthday is the 20th.
 
2017-05-18 01:02:32 PM  

foo monkey: Kindergarten.  I was excited, because the new said Washington was going to get covered in ashes and I lived in Northern Virginia.  Told everyone at school we were going to get volcano ashes.  Then I was disappointed.


Also in kindergarten, and also in Virginia, but southeastern instead of northern.
 
2017-05-18 01:03:09 PM  

ransack.: Like most people, I had not yet been born


GTFO n00b  :P

So I was a young buck just hanging in S. WI, as I'm known to do.  Mount asploded so we were mostly worried about how Montana would fare, since my dad's side of the family all lived in Helena.

Don't remember exactly how much ash fell in Helena but I do remember my uncle's and my grandma's pictures -- the shiat was freaking everywhere.  Think I still have a vial of the greyish floof tucked away somewhere.
 
2017-05-18 01:06:55 PM  
At a 4-H show at the Ahtanum, WA fairgrounds.  My sister was showing rabbits and I was helping out with the larger livestock.  Heard a heard, rumbling boom and about 45 minutes later there was a huge black cloud filled with lightning coming over the horizon.  Everyone thought the Russians had finally taken out Seattle and Portland at first.

Mom bundled us into her 64 Fairlane and got us home, but the ashfall overwhelmed the air cleaner and killed that engine.  Had to walk the last 1/2 mile home with shirts wrapped around our heads.
 
2017-05-18 01:20:01 PM  
My 4th birthday was 3 days prior, so I would assume in my room playing with toys
 
2017-05-18 01:22:38 PM  
I was about twenty miles away. However, I was swimming around in the dark, drinking my own pee, peeing it out and then drinking it again. So I don't remember much.
 
2017-05-18 01:23:56 PM  

Jake Havechek: 3rd grade.  A few days before it blew, and most people had evacuated, there was this old codger who lived at the foot of the mountain being interviewed, and he said he wasn't scared and would never leave.

His house was in an area that no longer exists and his body was never found.


Harry Truman...
 
2017-05-18 01:24:05 PM  
I was 14, living about 100 miles north of the mountain.  I was walking home from a gymnastics class and I saw the plume to the south.  Prevailing winds took all of the ash east, so we didn't see any, even as close as we were.
 
2017-05-18 01:27:11 PM  
I was 16 months old living in Belgium. My neighbor when we moved back to the states had a jar of ashes from it otherwise I wouldn't even know it was a thing.
 
2017-05-18 01:30:11 PM  
9, living in southern Alberta, mad that I couldn't go outside and play because of my asthma and all the ash.
 
2017-05-18 01:38:23 PM  
In kindergarten.

That said thatday was my younger brother's fifth birthday and my late mother's name Helen. you do the math.
 
2017-05-18 01:42:28 PM  
Mountain Home, Idaho.  We actually received a very light dusting of ash.
 
2017-05-18 02:06:29 PM  
6 years old blowing things up on my TV

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2017-05-18 02:21:29 PM  
I was 10.  My family and I watched the coverage on TV.  It was both fascinating and horrifying at the same time.

I had no idea such things occurred in the US.  And I am certain I was both confused and angry that such (seemingly) senseless destruction and loss of life occurred anywhere.
 
2017-05-18 02:29:06 PM  
In Pullman, WA about 200 miles due east of the mountain.  After learning of the eruption I took my freshman self to the roof of the highest building on the WSU campus to watch the dark cloud rolling towards us.  By evening there was an inch or more of dust covering everything.  On Monday classes were replaced by volcano parties.......hundreds of  Jimmy Buffett and Kansas records were worn out that day, I can tell you!
 
2017-05-18 02:58:00 PM  
I was at my grandmother's house in Eden, NY, watching everything unfold on TV after church that morning...
 
2017-05-18 03:30:40 PM  
Portland, Or, at Sandy Barr's flea market.  Heard the bang, went out and watched that massive plume cloud go up.  Got quite a bit of ash.  Ruined lots of windshields and stuff.  It was awesome, in the awe sense of the word.
 
2017-05-18 03:44:42 PM  

Hollie Maea: Jake Havechek: 3rd grade.  A few days before it blew, and most people had evacuated, there was this old codger who lived at the foot of the mountain being interviewed, and he said he wasn't scared and would never leave.

His house was in an area that no longer exists and his body was never found.

Harry Truman...


Mt. St. Helens Eruption and Harry Truman
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With cheesy song goodness...
 
2017-05-18 03:48:00 PM  

ransack.: Like most people, I had not yet been born


National median age is around 37.5, so you're almost right.

I vaguely remember it happening, but I live on the other end of the country, so no big whoop.  I do remember hearing about that Harry Truman and being amazed that a former president lived out in the woods (spoiler alert:  wrong guy).

Somewhere I think I still have two little plastic vials of ash from this that I got at a yard sale long ago.
 
2017-05-18 03:52:38 PM  

Skyd1v: At a 4-H show at the Ahtanum, WA fairgrounds.  My sister was showing rabbits and I was helping out with the larger livestock.  Heard a heard, rumbling boom and about 45 minutes later there was a huge black cloud filled with lightning coming over the horizon.  Everyone thought the Russians had finally taken out Seattle and Portland at first.


So, the week long media coverage and all the evacuations went right over their heads then?

Or was this more wishful thinking?
 
2017-05-18 04:28:38 PM  
I was 6 years old, wondering what a Mt. St. Helens was, and shortly thereafter wondering why the most obnoxious heat wave to hit San Diego in my brief lifetime was going on. My mother explained that the volcano explosions caused some kind of weather interruption that made it HOT AS ALL LIVING F*CK that summer.
 
2017-05-18 04:52:12 PM  
I was a teenager so I don't have to tell you, ok? You're not my mom!
 
2017-05-18 05:16:15 PM  
Eating waffles with my parents (I was 5) in Carnation, WA when we heard it on the radio.

I remember a day or so later there was juuuuust enough ash that had floated over to the West Side that we were able to carefully scrape some off of the hood of our truck into a little container, that for some reason I still keep in my nightstand drawer.
 
2017-05-18 05:36:19 PM  

Great_Milenko: Skyd1v: At a 4-H show at the Ahtanum, WA fairgrounds.  My sister was showing rabbits and I was helping out with the larger livestock.  Heard a heard, rumbling boom and about 45 minutes later there was a huge black cloud filled with lightning coming over the horizon.  Everyone thought the Russians had finally taken out Seattle and Portland at first.

So, the week long media coverage and all the evacuations went right over their heads then?

Or was this more wishful thinking?


Visit Ahtanum sometime.  Place hasn't changed much in the last 37 years.  You will see what I mean once you do.

/got the hell out in '86.  Went back once 2 years ago.  Figure I am good until 2046 now...
 
2017-05-18 06:10:39 PM  

Wadded Beef: I was in the Pacific NW pushing a button next to a sign saying "MT. ST. HELENS." Why do you ask?


THAT WAS YOU?!
 
2017-05-18 06:27:14 PM  

Captain Steroid: Wadded Beef: I was in the Pacific NW pushing a button next to a sign saying "MT. ST. HELENS." Why do you ask?

THAT WAS YOU?!


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2017-05-18 06:30:57 PM  

FrancoFile: I was in 8th grade, and it was a Sunday.  I don't think we knew it had happened until the evening news.


Same here.  8th grade but on the radio, not the TV.  We didn't have a TV at the time.
 
2017-05-18 06:37:02 PM  
6 years old living in Portland.  I could see the plume from the bathroom window on the top floor of our house.  I thought it was pretty cool.  A while later we got covered in a good sized layer of ash, which was scarier than the explosion.  My parents kept harping on how caustic the ash could become and how it could get in your lungs and mess you up; it might be worse than asbestos and black lung combined, etc. So, we had to wear face masks everywhere outside; and I was not allowed to make an ash angel much to my chagrin. I still have a mason jar of ash somewhere.
 
2017-05-19 12:37:49 AM  
I was in the 8th grade (my 8th year in the 8th grade) in northern MT.
Ten o'clock: News said we'd have ash fallout by 4pm next day. Looked out my kitchen window at the dusty fog. It had already arrived.

That's when I realized if the cold war erupted we would best just kiss our a$$es goodbye 'cause that stuff would carry quickly.

/ now live in PDX
// 60 miles south of Mt St Helens
/// no matter where you live you're .....
 
2017-05-19 04:34:50 AM  
I was in high school, and finding out that one of the USGS volcanologists at the scene had been my babysitter when I was about 3.
 
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