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When A Supervolcano Erupts
Hugh Bollinger

When A Supervolcano Erupts

Mount Sinabung, Sumatra (credit: Wikicommons)


When Mount Sinabung, a super-volcano on Indonesia's island of Sumatra, recently erupted massive pyroclastic flows of lava rock, pumice, ash, and hot gases were sent racing down the mountain's sides. Separate, dual flows reached nearly 3 miles from the peak's summit and were captured in a dramatic video. The film offers an impression of what a similar eruption of Italy's own Mount Vesuvius in 69AD, must have appeared when similar pyroclastic flows destroyed the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum killing most of their residents. The Indonesian videographer was lucky to view the pyroclastic flows which didn't stretch further down their path or he and his video would not have survived to share a story. WHB


Sinabung Volcano Pyroclastic flow 1080p from janharm godfroid on Vimeo.

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