Volcanoes are so rude, they can either int-erupt a lot...or end you. Don’t let it get to you.
WHAT is it?
the sudden occurrence of a violent discharge of hot materials (“ejecta”) (ex: ash, dust, gas compounds, lava, rocks, steam & volcanic material, etc.) are thrown out of a volcano & expelled into the air
WHEN is it most likely to occur?
When thick magma & large amounts of gas build up under the surface, eruptions can be explosive. Less gas & more viscous magma usually mean a less dramatic eruption, often causing streams of lava to ooze from the vent. Volcanoes generally experience a period of closely spaced eruptions followed by long periods of quiet. Most volcanoes show no regularity, & thus on the basis of past history alone cannot be considered "overdue" or "ready to blow."
WHERE is it most likely to occur?
at meeting points on the boundaries of “tectonic plates”; on land, the ocean floor, & under ice caps; over “mantle plumes”; within the “Ring of Fire” along the edges of the Pacific Ocean
HOW should I prepare for one?
Make Emergency Plans: Draw up an emergency communication plan. Identify emergency meeting points. Discuss the plans with your family. Consider potential financial implications. Ensure You Have the Necessary Supplies: Put together an emergency supply kit. Create an emergency kit for your car. Consider respiratory protection. Prepare communication devices for updates. Prepare for an Eruption: Know your community's warning system. Get familiar with the evacuation procedures. Develop a household evacuation plan. Stock up on necessities. Be prepared when you're traveling near a volcano.