Learn how to survive a volcanic eruption. A volcanic eruption poses a number of different threats, all of which are potentially life threatening.
In this post you will learn about the early warning signs of a volcanic eruption as well as how to escape the various hazards including lava, missiles, ash, acid rain, gas balls, and mud flows.
The information in this post has been taken from The Disaster Survival Handbook by Sam Fury.
How to Survive a Volcanic Eruption
Signs of Eruption
- Acidic rain.
- Signs of activeness from the volcano such as rumblings, steam, etc.
- Sulfurous smells from rivers.
Hazards and Action
- You can outrun it but it won’t stop until it hits a valley or cools off.
- Missiles can be of ash, rock, molten lava, etc.
- Wear a hard hat.
Ash and Acid rain
- Be careful on the road because the ash will make it slippery.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a damp cloth or an industrial mask.
- Wear goggles that seal around the eyes.
- Once you reach shelter remove your clothing, wash exposed skin well, and flush your eyes with clean water.
- Take refuge in an underground shelter or under water while it passes overhead.
- Mud flows can occur during the eruption or after it has finished.
- See the landslides post for more information.
LEARN MORE about surviving natural and non-natural disasters in The Disaster Survival Handbook by Sam Fury.
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