Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Buried House

This half-buried A-Frame house is located along Washington Route 504, the road you take to get to the Johnston Ridge Observatory near Mount St. Helens.  Although the house is nearly 50 miles away from the volcano, it did not escape the mud flow that raced down the mountain after the eruption on May 18, 1980.

The flow-- a hot mixture of mud, silt, water and ash-- did not reach this area until 8 hours after the eruption.  People did not believe the mountain's wrath would reach this far, but the North fork of the Toutle River provided a convenient canal for the debris.  Locals only had two hours to pack up and get out.  The poor folks who owned this home had not even moved in yet.  A chimney still had to be built and some fixtures installed inside.

The ground here is now five feet higher than it was on that fateful day.  Very weird.
"No Smoking"

No kidding!

1 comment:

  1. Wow. That's an eerie place. I find it hard to imagine the shock of it at the time.