5 myths about volcanoes

With an eruption like the one underway at Hawaii's Kilauea, the news fills with volcanoes. But it's usually full of errors about volcanoes and how they operate, says the writer, who also notes that at any given moment, there are at least eight to 12
With an eruption like the one underway at Hawaii's Kilauea, the news fills with volcanoes. But it's usually full of errors about volcanoes and how they operate, says the writer, who also notes that at any given moment, there are at least eight to 12 volcanoes erupting around the world.PHOTO: NYTIMES

Few geologic events capture the imagination like an erupting volcano. We thrill at the image: Hot, molten rock comes bursting out of the ground, destroying almost everything in its path. Volcanoes can cause massive disasters that kill tens of thousands, and they can also produce amazing sights like hypnotic lava fountains.

With an eruption like the one underway at Hawaii's Kilauea, the news fills with volcanoes. But it's usually full of errors about volcanoes and how they operate.

Please or to continue reading the full article.

Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month

  • Latest headlines and exclusive stories
  • In-depth analyses and award-winning multimedia content
  • Get access to all with our no-contract promotional package at only $0.99/month for the first 3 months*

*Terms and conditions apply.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 26, 2018, with the headline '5 myths about volcanoes'. Print Edition | Subscribe