The Fire Beneath: Two Shocking Facts About Volcanoes

Recently, the eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has caused quite a stir. Although many of today’s volcanoes have been around for thousands of years, they are still among the world’s most fascinating natural wonders. Seeing one in person is an unforgettable experience. Here are some amazing facts about volcanoes that you may not know.

Super-Hot Gases
When dealing with a volcanic eruption, many people fear the scorching lava that flows along the ground. However, there’s an even bigger danger lurking in the air. Fast-moving currents of gas called pyroclastic flows can be especially destructive. With temperatures topping 500 degrees Fahrenheit and speeds exceeding 400 mph, pyroclastic flows are so hot that that can vaporize human flash in mere seconds. This is why the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were destroyed so quickly by the explosive eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Meet the Sharks that Live Inside an Active Volcano
Many people are shocked to learn that some animals actually live inside volcanoes. This is a testament to their remarkable ability to adapt and thrive. Nevertheless, scientists are puzzled at how Pacific Sleeper sharks are able to survive living in an active volcano near the Solomon Islands. Humans simply can’t handle the dangerous conditions. The atmosphere is entirely too hot and acidic. In an effort to understand how these sharks can endure the hostile environment, researchers have sent advanced robots down into the deep waters to investigate.