Eventually Eruption gets to the meat of the story: Mount St. Helens starts to stir; the concerns that loggers had through the years about the little earthquakes, steam jets, mini-spouts of ash; and how the company refused to put much thought into the potential dangers of having a volcano in their backyard. However, even with these details we’re halfway through the book. I wanted to know what really happened and what the consequences of such a huge explosion were.
We do get there, but it’s a surprisingly short part of the story. As soon as the description of events finishes (and they were exciting events), the story moves to conservation and preservation. It is a little disappointing. With a title like “Eruption” I was expecting something much more exciting.
Having said all that, another volcanic event in the Pacific Northwest is pretty likely. As dry as the first part of this book was there are lessons to learn about how government and companies, as well as individual landowners, dealt with the Mount St. Helens eruption. It’s worth a read just for that information alone. Just don’t expect it to blow your mind.