Eruption, Mount St Helens, Ryan Harris discussed on News, Traffic and Weather


Eruption of mount St Helens forty years ago raised questions in the days that followed questions about whether political leaders heeded the warnings of scientists or whether scientists downplayed the danger more from almost Ryan Harris those questions were explored a year later by komo journalists Mike Nestor often John Sandifer who reported that between March fifteenth and may eighteenth nineteen eighty there were a number of U. S. Geological Survey experts talking about the dangers including David Johnston who was killed by the blast and predicted it could happen on the near flanks where we are right now with likely be covered by avalanches of very hot debris up to a thousand degrees centigrade and we're we're standing right now what might be the consequence I wouldn't want to be here to talk about it but we probably be killed David Johnston was killed on may eighteenth but in March his colleagues Mollohan Crandall we're taking a more conservative approach and Johnston reportedly was told to stop issuing statements that might alarm the public Sandifer's referring to geologists don Molyneaux and white Crandall who said they shared information about the dangers the mountain posed with state officials but don't know how far that information went Crandall also said scientists perception of the risk might be different from non scientists then there was the confusion among the public the scientists said the most catastrophic outcome had low probabilities and the creation of the red zone near the mountain where evacuations were mandatory and the blue zone still considered a risk but where people were still allowed led to that confusion all but three of the fifty seven people killed were outside the red zone Crandall said they didn't expect the lateral blast on the northwest side of mount St Helens but he also said other factors had to be considered when creating the zones personality we have the.

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