Episode 120

Mt. St. Helens Eruption with Brian Terbush


May 18th, 2020

46 mins 51 secs

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On Quarantine Cast 7 Justin, Brogan, and Scott talk to Brian Terbush from the Washington Emergency Management Division about the Mount St. Helens eruption that happened 40 years ago. His work supports the emergency management division’s mission to minimize the impact of emergencies and disasters on the people, property, environment, and economy of Washington State. Brian also joined the guys last November on Episode 95.

00:00 – They discuss the Facebook group where people pretend to be ants, Scott gives a shout out to their two new Patreon supporters, and Brian introduces himself and what he does at the Washington State Emergency Management Division. He explains that he’s a volcanologist by training, their recent participation in the Ask Me Anything on Reddit, and what originally got him into volcanology. He talks about the pre-cursor that let up to the eruption and the worries of its potential re-erupting in the future.

13:28 – Brian shares how American’s were shocked when it happened, Justin talks about the mountain’s gradual eruptions, and Brian talks about what scientists learned from it. He talks on the siren systems that were setup for both Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier, the questions from the Reddit AMA that he appreciated the most, and their collaborating with other scientists around the world on volcanos. He tells listeners what they would need in preparedness for volcano situations, how he sleeps at night in knowing it could happen, and Justin talks about the importance of prepping a go bag not only for the humans in your life but for your pets as well.

23:22 – Brian shares what his favorite things are to include in his to go bag, some of the things his team is covering on social media, and their plan for doing a Facebook live on the 18th to talk about volcanic hazards and preparedness. Brogan talks about local business going out of business due to Covid-19, Scott shares what freaks him out about the volcanos, and Brian talks about the volcano’s people shouldn’t live close to. He shares the helpful tools the Emergency Management Division has online, how Hawaii’s volcano’s differ from the ones near us, and the importance of people knowing the impact the volcanos around near them would have if it went off.

34:56 – Brian talks about place where people can go to tour the inside volcanos, the volcanic activity in Yellow Stone, and the best source for people to reach out to when a general emergency comes up. Scott and Brogan talk on some conspiracies, Justin recommends listeners to submit coaster questions in Discord, and Brian asks the guys if they have any family stories from when the volcano went off.

Thanks Brian for sitting down with the group again to talk all things volcanos. Stay safe and Happy Volcano Month!

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