The Day We Surrendered Mount St. Helens; The Deadliest Eruption In U.S. History, 2017

Skamania County, Washington—Atop a ridge near Mount St. Helens on May 18th, 1980, David A. Johnston trembled with excitement.

Johnston was a volcanologist from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) team, who’d been keeping vigil on the steaming pot for months. From his data, he was sure the blast was eminent He shot a message to the USGS team…

“Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!”

That was the last anyone heard from him.

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