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Fire And Rain:
The Eruption of Mount Rainier
Part 6


By Chris Oakley


CHAPTER 25: 1 Week After The Eruption

American Spectator

“Well, that didn’t take long, did it? Barely seven days since Mount Rainier blew its stack and already Washington’s managed to get itself hip-deep in yet another FEMA-related scandal. It seems the number two executive at FEMA headquarters in D.C. has managed to get caught with her hand in the proverbial cookie jar taking money earmarked for Mount Rainier disaster relief efforts and spending it on indulging her personal whims....”

BBC World News

“The U.S. government estimates it may take as long as six months to restore full electrical power to Seattle’s downtown area in the aftermath of last week’s volcanic eruption at Mount Rainier...”

Chicago Tribune

“A possible outbreak of bird flu at one of the FEMA tent cities set up to house refugees from the Mount Rainier eruption is increasing the already massive death toll from the volcanic disaster, according to medics from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta...”

Portland Oregonian

“Editors for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer announced last night that their newspaper, which has been on hiatus since last Friday’s eruption of Mount Rainier, will resume publication in two weeks’ time....”

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

“Geologists from the University of Hawaii are returning to Mount Rainier tomorrow for a first- hand look at how last week’s eruption has changed the landscape around the volcano...”

Fox News

“Congress is set to vote tomorrow on a federal aid package for survivors and families of victims of last week’s Mount Rainier eruption....”

CHAPTER 26: 2 Weeks After The Eruption

Washington Post

“A quarantine has been imposed on the tent city where what is now being called ‘Seattle bird flu’ broke out one week ago...”

“A Wall Street Journal article published yesterday quotes one of New York’s top financial analysts as saying that Wall Street executives have confided fears that the market downtown the Dow Jones has been going through since the Mount Rainier eruption two weeks ago may be just the beginning of a more protracted economic crisis...”

Los Angeles Times

“Climatologists at the University of Oregon say the average daily temperature in the Seattle-Tacoma area has fallen by at least five degrees since the eruption of Mount Rainier two weeks ago...”

CHAPTER 27: 6 Weeks After The Eruption

NBC Nightly News

“Climatologists fear a new mini-Ice Age may be just around the corner as weather patterns in the Pacific Northwest continue to show signs of a major cooling trend in the aftermath of the Mount Rainier eruption...”

WASHINGTON(UPI)--The U.S. Surgeon General’s office reported today that the death count in the ‘Seattle bird flu’ epidemic has now risen to 5,000, bringing the total number of dead from the Mount Rainier volcanic disaster and related calamities to nearly 75,000 people....

Seattle Post-Inteliigencer

“U.S. Army Corps of Engineers salvage teams expect to finish clearing away the wreckage of the Space Needle within four months...”

New York Daily News

“There seems to be no end in sight for the misfortunes plaguing refugees from Seattle and Tacoma in the aftermath of the Mount Rainier eruption six weeks ago. Washington state health department experts say the incidence of lung diseases among people who were living in those cities at the time of the eruption has risen by more than 60 percent since the disaster....”

BREAKING NEWS--KING-TV reports Seahawks offensive coordinator dead in apparent suicide

Boston Herald

“A psychology professor at the University of Washington has noted a fifty percent jump in suicides in the Seattle-Tacoma area since the Mount Rainier eruption...”

CHAPTER 28: 3 Months After Eruption

BBC World News

“The quarantine imposed on a FEMA tent city shortly after the start of the ‘Seattle bird flu’ epidemic may have to be continued at least another two weeks...”

Wall Street Journal

“According to the U.S. Labor Department, the regional unemployment rate in the Pacific Northwest has doubled in the months since the Mount Rainier eruption...”

New York Post

“A surprise thunderstorm yesterday dumped almost twenty-one inches of rain on Seattle’s suburbs, triggering widespread flooding and leading to at least fifteen deaths...”

Anchorage Daily News

“University of Alaska climatologists are predicting the state is about to experience its harshest winter in nearly thirty years...”














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