Death Valley's Big Bang: Volcano "Potentially Active"


A volcano in Death Valley National Park might be more dangerous than previously thought, a new study says.

A mile and a half wide (2.4 kilometers) and 600 feet (180 meters) deep, California's Ubehebe Crater came explosively into being long ago when rising magma hit water. (Video: Volcanoes 101.)

The bomblike steam eruption produced a mushroom cloud that, as it collapsed, sent rocky debris flowing out sideways at 200 miles an hour (320 kilometers an hour) to a distance of a few kilometers, according to a geologic analysis of rock deposits at the site, study co-author Brent Geohring said.

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FightTheGoodFight's analysis:
This is in California. Thought I'd take note of that.

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