We haven't had a really big volcanic eruption this century, so you might think we're due one. In my lifetime we've had Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991 which was 10x bigger than when Mount St Helen's in Washington state USA blew its top in 1980. The death toll was about 10x in the more recent eruption as well. But both of these Herculean ruptures of the Earth's crust are knocked into a cocked hat by the 6-8th June 1912 emergence of a new geographical feature in the arm-pit of the Alaskan Peninsula.
illustrative cartoon]. Altogether the 3 day wonder blurfed 30cu.km of matter into the atmosphere and along the ground. This is 3x the volume of Pinatubo and 30x bigger than Mount St Helens. Which makes it sound like like a giant among volcanoes.
Harry Truman, an 83 y.o. innkeeper at the foot of Mt St Helens who was much interviewed in the run-up to the 1980 eruption. He was always good for a salt-of-the-earth soundbyte for the camera crews "If the mountain goes, I'm going with it. This area is heavily timbered, Spirit Lake is in between me and the mountain, and the mountain is a mile away, the mountain ain't gonna hurt me boy." He was entire misinformed about the power of trees to stop a moving wall of lava, becoming literally the salt of the earth when his lodge was vaporised by a pyroclastic flow which covered the site 50m deep.