Danger Volcano!

Danger - Volcano!

Molten lava, explosive eruptions, clouds of ash...

These are all things that we think of when we hear the word volcano, so why on earth would anybody want to live on or near one?

We will address the why in the next article, ‘Living in Peril’, but for now let’s take some time to get to know these fiery giants.

Use the interactive feature below to find out about these environments and see some examples of potential dangers.

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Pupil Activity

Working in small groups, research a volcanic eruption that has taken place since 1900.

Prepare a short presentation about the eruption including information about:

  • When and where the eruption took place

  • What type of volcano it was (shield, composite or other)

  • What happened when the volcano erupted (lava and mud flows, ash clouds etc)

  • How the eruption affected people living in the area

Pay particular attention to the way in which the eruption affected local communities, for example:

  • How were businesses, schools and hospitals affected?

  • Was transport disrupted?

  • Was there any impact on food and water supplies, both short and long-term?

  • How the eruption affected people living in the area

Present your findings to the class – be ready to answer questions at the end.


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