David A. Johnston

David A. Johnston's Death

Born (Birthday) December 18, 1949

Death Date May 18, 1980

Age of Death 30 years

Cause of Death N/A

Place of Death Mount Saint Helens, Washington, United States

Profession Geologist

The geologist David A. Johnston died at the age of 30. Here is all you want to know and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Renowned American volcanologist who perished during the eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington in 1980. He is widely credited with advancing the science of volcanic eruption prediction.

He was originally a Journalism major at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign but later changed his major to Geology.

His life and work have been depicted in fictional films like 1981’s St. Helens and in documentaries like 1980’s The Eruption of Mount St. Helens.

Personal Life

His parents are Thomas and Alice Johnston. He was never married.

He and Thomas Jaggar are both world-famous volcanologists.

How did David A. Johnston die?

David Johnston, a 30-year-old volcanologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, was swept away by the catastrophic eruption of Mount St. Helens on the morning of May 18, 1980. David Johnston at Coldwater II, 1900 hours, May 17, 1980. Dave did not survive the next day’s eruption.