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Other volcanic features Flood basalts –Largest volcanic events in terms of volume –Volatiles, viscosity are low, so not very explosive –Cover large areas.

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1 Other volcanic features Flood basalts –Largest volcanic events in terms of volume –Volatiles, viscosity are low, so not very explosive –Cover large areas w/ thick layers of lava Lava domes –Hardened dome/plug of magma cools quickly –Can form in hours, continue for years, decades

2 Flood Basalts

3 Lava Domes Lava Dome, Mt. St. Helens

4 Volcanic Hazards

5 Outline Types of volcanic hazards

6 Volcano Classification Active: currently erupting or has erupted in historical time Dormant: presently inactive but may erupt again (examples: Cascades) Extinct: not active, not expected to be active for long time in future

7 Cumulative Deaths Due to Volcanic Hazards in past 2000 years

8 Causes of Deaths

9 How bad can it be? 1815Indonesia 92,000 died* 1822Indonesia 5,500 killed 1826Indonesia 3,000 killed 1883Indonesia36,417 killed 1902Martinique29,025 killed 1902Guatemala 6,000 killed 1919Indonesia 5,110 killed 1951New Guinea 2,942 killed 1982Mexico 1,700 killed 1985Columbia23,000 killed

10 Pyroclastic Flow Most deadly of all hazards Superhot, fast moving cloud of volcanic gas, steam, debris degrees C, 80 km/hr (hurricane speeds!)

11 Generation of pyroclastic flow Eruption column collapse Dome collapse Directed blasts

12 Pyroclastic flows Mayon, Philippines, 1984

13 Effects of Pyroclastic Flows Destroys nearly everything in path –Structures –Burial of sites –Burn forests, crops, structures –Melt snow to form lahars

14 Building destruction Remnant of building after eruption of El Chichon, Mexico in 1982 Note reinforcement rods bent in direction of flow

15 Effects of pyroclastic flows Mt. St. Helens - forest destruction

16 Effects on people Physical impact Burns Inhaling superhot gases Usually quick death

17 Examples Many examples of devastating pyroclastic flows –Unzen, Japan –Chichon, Mexico –Mt. Pelee, Caribbean*

18 Mt. Pelee , significant pyroclastic flows Many from directed blasts, deadliest in 1902 –Viscous magma filled crater –May 1902, several pyroclastic flows, traveling ~190 km/hr –Destroyed St. Pierre (~30,000 people) and other towns in area

19 Mt. Pelee Large area affected by 1902 pyroclastic flows

20 Eruption Debris Includes cloud, bombs, ash fall Bombs kill small # of people every year Clouds –Planes fly into cloud - dangerous Over 25 years, ~60 jets damaged Ash fall –Bury cities

21 Ash fall hazards Mid-Afternoon - daylight gone Roof collapse Water systems can clog

22 Cloud Hazard Ash from Mt. Spurr traveled around for days (satellite image) Kamchatka eruption, seen by space shuttle

23 Example - Mt. Vesuvius 79 AD Cause of volcano: subduction Region near Pompeii also had earthquakes, but city of ~20,000 people not deterred to move Significant volume of material erupted (4 km 3 ) in first wave –Pompeii buried by ash/pumice 3 m deep Later pyroclastic flows continued to bury city

24 Vesuvius Remains of Pompeii after 79 AD eruption

25 Tsunami Wave caused by undersea vertical displacement (like earthquakes) Volcanic eruption can also cause tsunami –Pyroclastic flow or lava dome avalanche –Collapse of cone or crater

26 Example - Krakatau 1883 Stratovolcano between Java and Sumatra Subduction zone Collapse led to tsunami ~35 m (115 ft) Death toll ~36,000 New cone appeared in 1927

27 Collapse of Krakatau Anak Krakatau

28 Lahars Mudflow of volcanic debris, produced when pyroclastic debris or lava mix with rain, snow, ice, lakes Can travel quickly (40 mph) and significant distances (10s of miles)

29 Dark pathways - lahars triggered by Mt. St. Helens eruption, 1985 “Cloud” upriver: lahar traveling down riverbed in Guatemala

30 Home destroyed from lahar - Mt. Unzen, Japan lava dome collapse and later rains, 1993

31 Example - Nevado del Ruiz 1985 Colombian volcano, small glacier on top Small eruption caused melting, sending mud down the mountain Covered most of town of Armero with ~26 ft thick mud –Killed ~22,000

32 Nevado del Ruiz, 1985 River valley with lahar remains Town of Armero

33 Famine Indirect hazard Eruptions change climate –Can harm plants, animals

34 Iceland eruption, 1783 Fissure eruption of basalt Released gas rich in SiO 2 and fluorine –Slowed grass growth and added significant amounts of fluorine to grass –Killed significant population of livestock ~20% of Iceland population died due to famine

35 Tambora, 1815 Indonesian volcano, most violent eruption in last 200 years Significant Plinian eruption Next pyroclastic flows (12mi 3 of material) Deaths in region ~90,000 (10% during eruption, 90% later) year without summer –Affected global climate

36 Gas Gas can escape from basaltic magmas –CO 2 gas is common Depending on gas, can kill plants in region Can also be trapped in water

37 Example - Lake Nyos, Cameroon Area of failed rifts with some remaining volcanic activity gas burp from the lake –Sent rivers of gas down into valleys ~25 km (16 mi) Effects - ~1700 deaths, no animals alive –Plants ok though

38 Why? CO 2 gas leaking out of basaltic magma Dissolved in bottom waters of lake (held down by pressure) Some event caused overturn –Eruption, earthquake, landslide, temp change all possible triggers Gas release “river” ~50 m thick

39 Lake Nyos

40 Efforts to pump water, gas out of lake

41 Continued hazard? YES! Still some gas remaining Continues to build up Possible ways to pump gas out to reduce risk

42 Lava Flows Not big hazards in terms of fatalities Moves too slow to kill people Can destroy towns, villages

43 Kilauea, HI Few lives lost Mostly structural losses

44 1973 Flows in Iceland Lava flows threatened town, harbor Built diverters to control flow Sprayed water to harden flows, move to flow in other direction away from harbor

45 Man vs. volcano!

46 Actually gained land and improved harbor

47 Next Time U.S. volcanoes and related hazards


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