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A Supervolcano Erupts

A Supervolcano Erupts

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, February 7, 2018/Categories: natural history, video, environment, adventure

                                                   Mount Sinabug, Sumatra (credit: Wikicommons)

Mount Sinabung, a super-volcano on Indonesia's island of Sumatra, recently erupted sending massive pyroclastic flows of lava rock, pumice, ash, and gases racing down the mountain's sides. The dual flows reached nearly 3 miles from the peak's summit and were capatured in a dramactic video. The short film offers a good impression of how the eruption of Italy's Mount Vesuvius in 69AD must have appeared when similar pyroclastic flows destroyed the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum killing all their residents. The videographer is lucky the recent flows from Mount Sinabung didn't reach further down their paths.

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