Living with volcanoes in your backyard breeds a certain nonchalance; our prominent peaks make for inspiring vistas and weather gauges, sure, but unless they’re actively rumbling, we rarely think about their explosive potential.
On May 18, 1980, that tranquil attitude was shaken when Mount St. Helens erupted in a spray of gas and rock that lasted for nine hours, extended more than 200 square miles, killed 57 people and blocked out the sun. In the exhibit Living in the Shadows, the Washington State History Museum examines the impact of the eruption, as well as the history and current seismic activity of the five active volcanoes in our region. It serves as a good reminder that gentle giants sometimes go rogue. Runs through 5/17; washingtonhistory.org