Oregon State University
Members of the Volcanic Risks Solutions team at Massey University in New Zealand have successfully predicted a volcanic eruption. A volcanic eruption of their creation, that is. Picture: The Volcanic Risks Solutions team; Shane Cronin, Eric Breard (top), Dr Gert Lube and Professor Jim Jones with the Tower of Doom. This team, led by Professor Shane Cronin and Dr Gert Lube, has created the world's first research project to investigate pyroclastic flows. Pyroclastic flows are flows of a mixture of hot gas and particles that are emitted during a volcanic eruption, particularly like the eruptions found in New Zealand. Understanding the physical properties of pyroclastic flows, the velocities and temperatures involved is the first step in understanding this devastating natural hazard that has cost many lives in eruptions around the world, such as at Mt St Helens, USA, Mt Unzen in Japan and at Merapi, Indonesia's most active volcano.
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