Preparations and Actions to take in the Event of a Volcanic Eruption

Preparations and Actions to take in the Event of a Volcanic Eruption

Introduction

”More than 80% of the earth’s surface is volcanic in origin. The sea floor and some mountains were formed by countless volcanic eruptions. Gaseous emissions from volcano formed the earth’s atmosphere” (Leavitt 61). People need to be concerned regarding volcanic eruptions due to the negative impacts that come as a result. Past experience has shown that volcanoes have the ability to destroy property, and result to deaths of numerous people. A good example is the eruption that took place in Mt. Pelee, which resulted to the death of more than 30,000 people (Environmental Science 819). People should always be prepaid for this natural disaster in order to reduce the number of people that are susceptible to death.

Definition

According to Ready, “a volcano is a mountain that opens downward to a reservoir of molten rock below the surface of the earth.”

A volcano is usually caused by the pressure that mounts on the magma chamber that results to some of its contents being forced to the surface. The magma is normally ejected through the cracks found in the rocks.

Problems

Occurrence of volcanic eruptions has been known to bring a variety of problems. The problems tend to affect people either directly or indirectly. There are those problems which cannot be attributed directly to the occurrence of the volcanoes, but the strategies that people put in place to deal with the situation.

Volcanic eruptions have been known to result to death of people. In 1980, the eruption at Mt. St. Helens resulted to the death of 62 people. Eruption of Mt. Pelee also resulted to the death of around 30,000 people (Environmental Science 819). Some of these deaths are attributed to the force that comes with the volcano. There are some instances that people die due to the ga

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