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"Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!"

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 14 August 2019 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

These are the last words radioed by the 30-year-old volcanologist David A. Johnston, who was stationed on the nearby Coldwater Ridge. That ridge is now called Johnston Ridge and is the location of the Johnston Ridge Observatory. Moments after the transmission, the ridge was hit by the super hot pyroclastic flows from the lateral eruption of the mountain. This was the result of the collapse of the north side of the mountain. About one minute behind the hot gases and pulverized rock came the giant mud flows that swept up and over the ridge. Mr. Johnston's body was never found.

A five frame panorama.

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rem_la from Villiers, France

une belle immensité

14 Aug 2019 5:07am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Superbe paysage sauvage.
Vraiment magnifique photo.
Bonne journée Steve

14 Aug 2019 5:20am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

A sad fate for man. Nature is so powerful that you should not defy it

14 Aug 2019 5:31am

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

A beautiful landscape and photo of the volcano ! we can clearly see where the crater collapsed and the trace of the lava flow !

14 Aug 2019 5:34am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Interesting to see this many earth/ashes erosion signs there after 40 years. RIP for all the victims.

14 Aug 2019 6:09am

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

Interesting and also a sad story.
Thank you for this explanation of this beautiful photo.

14 Aug 2019 7:03am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Amazing history in that terrain . . one is left without words.

14 Aug 2019 7:14am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Un panorama bien réalisé. Bel hommage à ce vulcanologue

14 Aug 2019 7:22am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

A great landscape. Pretty this mountain in the middle of a rather desert landscape. Very beautiful composition

14 Aug 2019 7:42am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Spectacular geological formation.

14 Aug 2019 8:48am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A superb landscape. A very sad story about Mr Johnston and his last words before he died.

14 Aug 2019 10:17am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful view !

14 Aug 2019 11:25am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

U très beau paysage

14 Aug 2019 11:56am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

A superb and incredible volcanic landscape! Beautiful photo!

14 Aug 2019 12:20pm

Rose from Clinton, United States

What a horrible end to life!

14 Aug 2019 12:32pm

willy from Belgium

quel paysage sauvage...

une très belle photo Steve


14 Aug 2019 12:38pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

What a tragic story. Beautiful image

14 Aug 2019 12:53pm

Don from Spokane, United States

The speed of the flow is amazing. Mr. Johnson had no chance. This is not the last volcano in our country that will blow up.

14 Aug 2019 1:16pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

paysage grandiose. superbe.

14 Aug 2019 1:37pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A beautiful panoramic shot!! The lines that trail down still resemble the flow that once came down. How unfortunate for Mr. Johnston.

14 Aug 2019 2:00pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Beautiful image and a very sad background....

14 Aug 2019 3:01pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Le travail de l'eau en au pied de cette merveilleuse montagne superbe
Belle soirée

14 Aug 2019 3:16pm

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

Nice mood.

14 Aug 2019 3:22pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful and it is interesting to see the traces of the lava and where perhaps still the body of the vulcanologist is...

14 Aug 2019 4:50pm

Rolandtheys from Gerpinnes, Belgium

A splendid photo

14 Aug 2019 5:55pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


14 Aug 2019 7:16pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

appears quite desolate

interesting info accompanying this image

14 Aug 2019 9:18pm

Diana from Olympia, United States

Beautiful and sad

14 Aug 2019 10:04pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I was fascinated by all of the news coverage of Mount Saint Helens when it erupted. I would like to see it. Interesting scene of the mountain as it looks now.

15 Aug 2019 12:47am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

You can still see where the mud flowed down. A magnificent image. I still remember the pictures after it happened. It is sad that so many people died with the eruption. Great information.

15 Aug 2019 1:37am

Kiki from AUVERGNE, France

Superb composition with this first flowered plan of the life that takes back its rights!

16 Aug 2019 9:17am

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Stunning landscape. So magnificent.

18 Aug 2019 4:42am