"OK Chris. Do You Wanna Come Over And Watch The Eruption Or Do You Have To Work?"

The words on everyone's lips here? The buzzwords in Portland? You guessed it: "Magmatic Gases." 

I guess disaster preparedness has become official: My co-worker "K," who lives about 25 minutes closer to St. Helens came home this evening to find a warning posted to her front door explaining the hazards and procedures of "Ash Fallout." My dinner companion this evening "L," has a perfect view of the volcano from her back deck and will invite me over to watch if the eruption is lengthy. 

Photo: The A. Langfield Collection