When I was a little kid, we were on a family road trip when Mt. St. Helens went off. Because of the huge amount of ash dumped, we were unable to go back across the state to home for days. Last summer, I finally went and visited the volcano in person, and was totally awed by the amount of destruction still evident 30 years later.
Every now and then I hear rumors about how dangerous Mt. Rainier has the potential of being. It is much bigger than St. Helens, and has a lot of people living in line of its mudflow. But would two volcanos in one state go off in the lifetime of a human? Seems doubtful to me, since geologic time moves so much slower than ours, so I try not to worry about it.
Ashfall came across my desk. It is about what might happen if the supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park went off. Supervolcano?! According to the Discovery Channel's website this supervolcano is totally active, and if it went off it would be HUGE:
The last major eruption at Yellowstone, some 640,000 years ago, ejected 8,000 times the ash and lava of Mount St. Helens. And that wasn't even the largest eruption in Yellowstone's prehistoric past.
Tell me about what potential natural disaster freaks you out the most, and how you have tried to prepare for it (or distracted yourself from thinking about it) and you could win not only a beautiful brand new hardcover of Ashfall, but a poster featuring Mike Mullen's Top 10 Tips for Surviving a Supervolcano!
Winner will be selected by my buddy Random Number Generator on Tuesday December 6, 2012. Be sure to
leave a name with your entry, and check back to see if you won. To win you must be a teen (6th-12th
grade, or 12-18) who uses a Sno-Isle Library.