Volcanic eruptions are responsible for a significant portion of human history. They produced large amounts of lava, which is the main element that forms the foundation of our modern society. Volcanic eruptions are a fact of life. There is no way to stop volcanoes or prevent them from erupting.
Earth has been erupting for a long history. Throughout this time there has been an eruption of some type on a regular basis. With time, humans have learned to become much more aware of volcanic activity as a natural occurrence and have developed various ways to avoid being hurt by it. The ability to see an eruption is a wonderful development, but it’s only the first step in learning how to prepare for a volcanic eruption. For those who live close to the earth’s surface, volcanic eruptions can be very dangerous.
In many cases, volcanic eruptions have caused death and destruction. In the last century, volcanoes have killed millions of people, and injured billions more. If you live near a volcano, it’s important to understand what to do in the event of an eruption. This might mean losing property, or being seriously injured. The following are the basic steps that one should take during a volcanic eruption.
Don’t Panic – It’s a good idea to prepare for the worst case scenario. Knowing that a volcano is erupting is enough to scare the bejesus out of most people. Most people think that if a volcano erupts, then the world will end. However, the fact is that there is usually very little damage to property, and most people will be evacuated from the immediate area without injury.
Know the Causes of Natural Disasters – Even with the widespread knowledge that volcanoes can cause devastation, it’s important to know the causes of these disasters before they happen. It’s also important to understand how and when these disasters occur. Knowledge is always a good thing. Not only can this save one’s life, but it also can prevent damage to property, and injuries.
Know When to Call 911 – It’s important to recognize the signs of an impending eruption of a volcano. The signs include an increase in ground-level smoke and a bright light, as well as the sound of an eruption. There are certain signs of volcanic eruptions that you should watch for, though not all are important. Some examples are if the sound of an eruption is particularly loud, or if there is an increase in volcanic ash. Knowing the signs helps to ensure that you can get out of the way of the eruption.
Earthquake Resistant Buildings – Earthquake resistant buildings were built to withstand an earthquake from one of the world’s largest volcanic eruptions. Even if a major eruption occurred, such as the 1991 eruption of Krakatoa, it would still be safe to live in these buildings. These buildings were specifically designed to withstand an earthquake, so they would be able to withstand the force of an eruption. Additionally, many of these buildings were made with features that reduce the amount of damage from an eruption. Because of these features, most people living near volcanoes have earthquake resistant buildings.
These are just a few of the steps that can be taken to help prevent damage to property and injuries from volcanic eruptions. Volcanic eruptions are a fact of life, but knowing how to deal with an eruption can save one’s life.