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After 123 years of inactivity, a swarm of earthquakes signals that America's youngest and most dangerous volcano is coming back to life. At first, no one notices. Then, two months later, all hell breaks loose.
Frank Parchman tells the riveting story of terror, survival, and recovery through the prespective of eight people whose lives are overwhelmed by cataclysmic events, among them:
- A geologist who asks a friend to take his place at a forward observatory the day of the eruption;
- A badly burned logger who becomes an icon for the survivors, many of whom thought they were far from danger;
- Young lovers who are swept away in a massive flash flood of water, hot mud, and debris on the Toutle River;
- A rookie newspaper reproter who covers the story of a lifetime and shares the Pulitzer Prize;
- An angry woman who challenges a misconception - encouraged by politicians - that her brother and others killed around the mountain deserved blame for their own deaths.
|Publisher:||Epicenter Press, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
About the Author
Frank Parchman has an extensive journalism background, having worked as a staff writer, investigative reporter, and editor at a dozen daily and weekly newspapers and maganzines in California, Oregon, Washington, and Tennessee, where he was assistant city editor at the Knoxville News-Sentinal. he has won more than 75 journalism awards, including the prestigious E.W. Scripps award. The author was a public relations director at the Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon when Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980. On that chatoic day adn for weeks to follow, he gained a unique perpective of the drama unfolding around him as he worked with families, hospital staff, rescuers, law enforcement officials, and the media. Parchman lives in Redmond, Washington with his family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Echoes of Fury takes the reader into the lives of the victims, survivors, researchers, and dare devils who are all affected by the 1980 eruption. The book starts the morning of the eruption and quickly draws the reader into the devastation and after effects of the cataclysmic event. The author sorts through the misperceptions created by the media and even the government to tell the true stories of the event, rescues, and recovery of both the forest and the people around Mt. St. Helens. Parchman presents the science and politics as well as the personal stories with clarity and compassion. I found the book hard to put down.