Volcanic Eruptions

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  • Mount Pelee

    Mount Pelee
    Mount Pelee is located on the island of Martinique in the French West Indies. The volcano exploded just before 8:00 A.M. A huge cloud of hot gases rose and hung in the air for a moment, then went down the slope and submerged the town of St. Pierre. All but two of the towns inhabitants died.
  • Paricutin

    On February 20, 1943, two farmers in Mexico that were preparing to plant crops when they noticed white fumes being emitted from a hole in the ground. during the night rocks and cinders began to come from the hole, and by morning they formed a cone. After six days the cone became 150m tall, and kept growing. A few months later the newly formed volcano crack and spewed lava that buried the nerby town. No one was killed in this eruption.
  • Kilauea

    Kilauea is a volcano located on one of Hawaii's islands erupts often, but in 1955 one of it's eruptions lasted for eighty eight days. The lava that flowed from the volcano during those eighty eight days over ran a village more than 3.5 square kilometers of valuable cropland. Thankfully no one died in this eruption.
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    Surtsey is an island off the coast of Iceland. it was created by underwater volcanic eruptions. Huge explosions and clouds of steam were formed when sea water mixed with the hot volcanic material. Over the next three and a half years the eruptions continued to form the island. After the last eruption in 1967, Surtsey was formed. Surtsey is the home of a long-term biological research program.
  • Vesuvius

    Mt. Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79 in Italy. When the volcano erupted a cloud of hot ash rolled down it's mountain side and buried the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in almost 7.5m of ash and volcanic rock. 16,000 people were killed, and this dangerous volcano is still active today
  • Mount Pinatubo

    Mount Pinatubo
    Mount Pinatubo erupted in June of 1991 after being dormant for 600 years. Gas and ash were thrown into the atmosphere and spread around the world in days. The gas blocked the sun which may have caused lower global temperatures for years after the eruption. Towns and fields were burried under ash, and then the rain turned the ash into mud. The mud caused a mudslide that swept away bridges, towns, and roads. Almost 900 people died in this eruption along whit 42,000 homes that were destroyed.