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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-05279

A pyroclastic flow travels down the north flank of Augustine volcano in Alaska on 30 March 1986, three days after the start of a five-month long eruption. An ash plume rises above the pyroclastic flow. As with many Augustine eruptions, early pyroclastic flows were pumice rich; later in the eruption block-and-ash flows were produced by collapse of a growing lava dome. Photo by Betsy Yount, 1986 (Alaska Volcano Observatory, U.S. Geological Survey).

A pyroclastic flow travels down the north flank of Augustine volcano in Alaska on 30 March 1986, three days after the start of a five-month long eruption. An ash plume rises above the pyroclastic flow. As with many Augustine eruptions, early pyroclastic flows were pumice rich; later in the eruption block-and-ash flows were produced by collapse of a growing lava dome.

Photo by Betsy Yount, 1986 (Alaska Volcano Observatory, U.S. Geological Survey).

Keywords: pyroclastic flow | PDC | pyroclastic density current | block-and-ash flow | co-ignimbrite plume | volcanic ash | eruption | explosive eruption


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