TVZ Part II -Taupo Volcano

This is a Swedish dump truck. A very good Swedish dump truck. It can carry a load of 39,000 kg – let’s be generous. Let’s say 40 tons. It makes the maths easier. Now imagine 192,500 of these dump trucks passing your door. That’s right 192,500. Every second. Oh, and they must be going at…

The Blast from Hell?

Glowing avalanches, pyroclastic flows or nuees ardentes, or whatever you want to call them, are probably the most feared and deadly of the volcanic solid products pouring down the flanks at speeds up to 100km/h+ at temperatures of 500°C or more (lead melts at 330°C, glass softens at 550°C). They are composed of incandescent rock…