Tips For Volcano Eruption Emergency Preparartion
Emergency Preparation Tips Before, During and After
Eruption of a Volcano
Volcanoes are truly fascinating features of nature. Most often, they
are adored for beauty and wonder, like the perfectly structured cone of
the Mayon Volcano in the Philippines and the monstrosity of Mt. Fiji in
Volcanoes are almost like beautiful mountains except for they become
disastrous. Volcanoes are also mountains, but they are different in
sense that the geothermal activity within them are active and are
occasionally subject to destructive processes.
There are two kinds of volcanoes. One is dormant and inactive. Such
volcanoes are like normal mountain and do not erupt. The other type id
the destructive of the active volcanoes, which occasionally erupt.
Most volcanoes around the world are located at special zones that are
strategically located around the Pacific Ocean. Thus, the areas around
the Pacific are collectively known as the Pacific Ring of Fire.
The most destructive volcanoes are located in countries around the
Pacific like Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines and New Zealand. Hawaii
and other islands around the Pacific are also rich in volcanic
Through the years, people have seen the destructive potential of
volcanoes. Many people have lost properties and loved ones to raging
and molten lava that erupting volcanoes produce.
Often volcanic eruptions also accompany great and destructive
earthquakes, making the disaster more catastrophic. Mudflow can also
occur if there is rain over the crater of a volcano that is near
Preparing for volcanic eruptions
Fortunately, volcanic eruptions do not happen abruptly. That is because
it would take some time before a volcano is able to accumulate enough
lava that would trigger an eruption.
Often, there are indicators that are monitored before an eruption of a
volcano. Natives and residents of nearby areas could also tell when an
eruption is eminent.
Thus, volcanologists and seismologists would be able to advise people
days or even months before the eruption of a volcano. The advice would
serve as a warning.
When a warning is issued to an area, people are expected to take the
necessary precautions so their lives could be spared from the
Here are some emergency safety guidelines that could help you prepare
for a volcanic eruption.
· If your home is located within the few kilometers from the volcano,
evacuate at once. You can opt to take your belongings with you or just
· Earthquakes are normal occurrences when an active volcano is about to
erupt so do not panic. Instead, proceed to doing the precautionary
· Sudden rains especially at the crater of the volcano would lead to an
abrupt mudflow. The mud is not ordinary mud. It can contain
pre-volcanic eruption debris and could be too hot that is enough to
hard-boil an egg. Beware, or you may suffer from burns coming from
· When the volcano finally erupts, it may emit volcanic debris up in
the air. Be prepared to see falling rocks and small stones coming from
the crater. Thus, take a safe shelter during the eruption.
· Prepare gas masks because the volcanic eruption may also be
accompanied by foul odor coming from the release of sulfur. You may
suffocate or may not be able to take normal breathing during a volcanic
· Lava is the centerpiece of the eruption. It is also the most
destructive material the volcano will produce during an eruption. It is
composed of very hot mud that may instantly burn down any material.
Avoid contact with the lava.
· After the eruption, wait for volcanologists' advice on when you can
safely get back to your homes.
Volcanoes are truly one of nature's most destructive forces. Be
prepared for volcanic eruptions if you live nearby an active volcano.
You do not need to change address. All you need is to take
precautionary measures when the volcano produces signs of eminent