I am awestruck by these two dramatic images of this powerful Plinian eruption having myself been to both small cities innumerable times. Therefore I can easily relate to how dramatic this scene must have appeared from those two communities. I would hasten to add that were this exact scene to repeated today it would be the biggest story on the news in the United States and even a big story overseas. What you see below is a very big volcanic eruption a safe distance from any population centers and contained within an evacuated zone. Nonetheless, that eruption wa not taking place all that far from small cities and numerous smaller communities even closer to the then-erupting volcano. Many of those communities remain in some form or other unto this day.
For another image of this eruption check my other column Another View From The Day Lassen Went Nuclear
Note: my friend Lin Kerns has posted a much more expansive treatment of this eruptive series on her own blog HERE.
|As viewed from Anderson, CA|
|As viewed from Red Bluff, CA|
Epilogue: I have since posted this follow-up PIECE.