Originally Posted by catsknowme
. . . I had a friend who lived in WA during the last big eruption, & she said their cat got sick from licking the ash out of his fur. Also, their horses got the ash in their lungs & eyes -she told me the ash looked like snow but felt like fiberglass.What a horrible experience for the residents of the area!
We lived in Vancouver, Washington during the 1980 eruptions, 43 miles from the epicenter. I remember only too well what it was like to shovel half an inch of ash off the driveway. Before we moved seven years later, it seemed we were still getting an incredible amount of dust in the house and on the landscaping, just from all that ash sitting and blowing around. I've considered moving back to that area, but the prospect of more ash is not a pleasant one, especially since I now have cats. (I didn't when we lived there before.) But then, I guess, everywhere has it's own disadvantages. After all, I'm now about 13 feet above sea level and this is the sign one street over from me.