Monthly Archives: March 2008

Anatahan, Mariana Islands, United States

The USGS reported that elevated seismicity at Anatahan continued during 12-13 March, then dropped to near background levels on 14 and 15 March. Based on observations of satellite imagery, the Washington VAAC reported that an ash plume was spotted around … Continue reading

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Kilauea, Hawaii, USA

Based on visual observations from HVO and National Park Service (NPS) crews as well as web camera views, HVO reported that during 12-18 March lava flow activity from Kilauea’s Thanksgiving Eve Breakout (TEB) shield was concentrated at rootless satellitic shields … Continue reading

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Karymsky, Russia

KVERT reported that seismic activity at Karymsky was slightly above background levels during 7-14 March. Observations of satellite imagery revealed that a weak thermal anomaly was present in the crater on 9 and 12 March. On 13 March, an ash … Continue reading

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How fast does lava flow?

The answer to your question depends on the composition of the lava and the slope it is going down.   Pahoehoe, the smooth form of basalt usually travels very slowly–at speeds of only a few meters per hour, averaged over the … Continue reading

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How quickly can you walk across lava? Would it burn through your shoe?

If you needed to walk across lava, it is possible.  If it is pahoehoe lava (the smooth glassy type) it will support your weight after only 5-10 minutes once it stops moving. It will still be pretty hot and uncomfortable, … Continue reading

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Is there any clothing to protect you from spray or splash contact of lava?

Just the radiant heat from a big lava flow is enough to burn you badly–you don’t even have to touch it.  Radiant heat is heat that you feel from a distance. For example, if your oven is on and you … Continue reading

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My name is Nicole and I am a fifth grade student on Long Island in a class for gifted kids. I am doing a research project to determine whether volcanoes do more good or more harm. What do you think? Are volcanoes more good or more bad?

Hello Nicole! You ask a very good question!  We have a page on VW that talks about this in detail @ http://volcano.und.edu/vwdocs/frequent_questions/top_101/Effects/Effects4.html  For additional information on the effects of volcanoes, check out our FAQ page on the subject @http://volcano.und.edu/vwdocs/frequent_questions/top_101/Effects.html  Good … Continue reading

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