Upcoming Series of Virtual Talks Focuses on Mount St. Helens and Volcano Monitoring

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Beginning in February 2021, CVO staff will provide virtual webinars about Mount St. Helens' May 18, 1980 eruption and how the volcano has shaped the study of volcanoes and volcano monitoring, as part of the Whidbey Reads program.

The USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory joins the Whidbey Reads program to offer virtual talks about Mount St. Helens and volcano monitoring in the Cascade Range. The talks are free and open to the public but sign up is required. Visit the Sno-Isle Library Events site for information and to reserve your place.

Here is the schedule:

  • February 23: geologist Heather Wright presents“Mount St. Helens Rocked our World! Eruptions at Mount St. Helens from 1980 until now" at 3:30 p.m.
  • March 10: hydrologist and outreach coordinator Carolyn Driedger presents“Mount St. Helens--Lives changed, lessons learned, and legacies of the 1980 eruptions” at 3:30 p.m.
  • March 23: geographer Joe Bard presents“Volcano hazard maps past, present, and future” at 3:30 p.m.
  • April 6: geophysicist Rebecca Kramer presents“Keeping an eye on Cascade volcanoes: What the ground moving under our feet can tell us about volcanoes and their hazards” at 3:30 p.m.
  • April 20: geophysicist Seth Moran presents“Monitoring Cascade Range volcanoes: CVO’s mission”  at 3:30 p.m.

Whidbey Reads is an annual community-wide reading program funded by Friends of the Library groups for the Clinton, Coupeville, Freeland, Langley and Oak Harbor libraries in Washington State. The initiative brings readers together during several events to read and consider one book, generating discussion and exploring the title’s themes. Since all Whidbey Reads programs are online this year, anyone who is interested can participate, regardless of geographic location; a library card is not required.