Mt. St. Helens, COVID, and the Politics of Emergency Orders

Mt. St. Helens in 1982

Forty years ago today, Mt. St. Helens blew up. The explosion cost the equivalent of $1.1 billion in today’s money, killed 57 people, and resulted in great amounts of environmental damage that still linger to this day. The aftereffects of the events of the May 18, 1980 can be seen in the debris choked Spirit Lake and by the unmistakable hole in the side of the mountain.