The popular press has recently reported the story of a new breed of volcano education. The story, I will tell you right now, is about what you should do after you have caused an eruption. It’s a good lesson to be taught. That is why I want to briefly run through that story for you.
If you aren’t familiar with volcanoes, it’s probably time to go take a look at your knowledge about them. If you do know some, most likely you’ve done some real work around the topic. Unfortunately, the world can’t be all things that are, and if you do, the story you just read, above, is not one of them. In the world we live in, there are no volcanoes to prevent us from doing serious damage, but if we get out of hand, volcanoes can catch us. What the experts say happens after an eruption, according to the paper, is that you make a hike to a mountain summit that is safe and find a way to use that as a shelter until the lava flows down and gives you time to get away.
When talking about lava flows, you need to consider the fact that an eruption can continue for several hours after it has started. During those hours, we need to take care to protect ourselves and our property, and there are several options open to us. These are some of the things you can do, based on the past news of volcanic eruptions.
Since we don’t have enough time to clean up the ash, you should seek out shelters made of ash, with good ventilation. After an eruption, this kind of shelters were probably safe enough to sleep in, and eventually you’ll be able to restore your body to its normal state. That means staying away from exposed skin, or using fire resistant clothing that won’t let in the ash, and of course, stay far away from any roads.
Another important thing to remember, when considering safety, is where to stay. Some experts suggest staying inside a building that is on fire. It’s not so much fireproofing the building but just surrounding it with water and fire retardant material. We don’t want people to get their feet wet, in case a building is on fire, and as a general rule of thumb, never take shelter in a building with a major structural integrity that’s unknown. This would mean a house with stilts and sheets and plywood is a good place to stay.
If you are lucky enough to live in a place where volcanoes have been studied, you will have more information than the average person has, even if you don’t know how to deal with a volcano after it erupts. Your volcanic education is important, and when considering the risks you face, especially in a place with volcanoes, it’s essential that you are adequately prepared.
A good volcano education, given by a trained expert, could help you to avoid being hurt by lava or ash, and you should consult a doctor before heading off for a trip. All volcano experiences are dangerous, and even if you’re not planning to get close to the ground, you may still need to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself from the explosion. It is your responsibility to find out what you should do, before a volcanic eruption can happen.