Could you survive a pyroclastic flow?

Frey Fyfe Among the many hazards posed by subduction zone volcanoes, some of the deadliest and most viscerally terrifying are pyroclastic density currents (PDCs), ground-hugging clouds of gas and fragmented magma (ash) that can reach temperatures of 1000°C. The very largest can reach speeds of up to 700 km/h and typically travel up to 15km... Continue Reading →

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So Hot Right Now: The Explosive Roars of Krakatau

Amber L. Madden-Nadeau The title of this piece was taken from an eye witness account of the 1883 eruption of Krakatau Volcano, Indonesia, which is possibly one of the most famous volcanic episodes of all time (Figure 1). The A.D. 79 eruption of Vesuvius is certainly a contender, however it caught the attention of the... Continue Reading →

Nepal – the inability to ‘shake it off’

Rellie Goddard On the 25th of April 2015, a Mw1 7.8 earthquake, known as Gorkha, ripped through the Main Himalayan Thrust (MHT) just 77 km north-west of the country’s capital, Kathmandu1. This event propagated a colossal 160 km to the east-south-east, killing 9000 people and resulting in 10 billion US dollars’ worth of damage.  As the dust... Continue Reading →

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