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Thursday April 21st, 2022 at 6pm

Writer and Biologist Eric Wagner will present "After the Blast: Mount St. Helens 40 Years Later". The event is in-person at the Kittitas County Historical Museum, free, and open to the public. Seating will be limited -- tickets will be available closer to the event date. This event is in partnership with the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

About This Program:

On May 18, 1980, the world watched in awe as Mount St. Helens erupted, killing 57 people and causing hundreds of square miles of destruction. Everyone thought it would take ages for life to return to the mountain, but scientists who visited soon after were stunned to find plants sprouting up through the ash and animals skittering around downed trees.

Ecologists have since spent decades studying life'''s resilience in the face of seemingly total devastation. Through their work, the eruption of Mount St. Helens has become known as the greatest natural experiment in Pacific Northwest history. In this talk, Eric Wagner takes you on a journey through the blast zone. He explores not just the surprising ways plants and animals survived the eruption, but also the complex roles that people have played, all while showing how fascinating Mount St. Helens still is 40 years after the blast.

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