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  •  It was kind of a non-event (0+ / 0-)

    At least it was a non-event once we got over that whole shock-and-awe thing.

    I was working at a gas station about 100 miles away on May 18th, 1980.  The first sign of the eruption was a nearly subsonic bang like someone blasting stumps several miles distant.  The second sign was when ash-gray cars began pulling in with clogged air filters.  I spent a very long shift gassing up cars, and then pulling each customer's air filter, banging out the really bad ash on the concrete, blowing out the rest with compressed air, and re-installing the filter.  30 years later I can still change an air filter in my sleep.

    A week or so later I was out fishing a local creek.  It had been drizzling so I was damp from head to foot.  Then the ash began dumping from a smaller eruption.  By the time I got home I looked like a concrete statue of Huck Finn carrying a couple of gritty fish.

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