We’ve got a live one for sure, now.
It had fooled us before, but we were on our toes. Pretending to be dormant wasn’t going to get past us. Again, at least.
Some of the people living down hill may not have been so lucky.
The lahars were not small this time, and once verdant river valleys were scrubbed clean.
On a geologic scale, they needed that scrubbing.
On a human scale, a little more warning would have allowed the residents time to escape with more than their socks on. And there wouldn’t have been quite so many teddy bears caught in the trees.
But that would have required better monitors, better observations, and better predictions.
And above all, the foresight to know that we needed those things.