Here’s mud in yer eye…and yer car, and yer house, and yer lungs

by allthoughtswork

Holy fuckballs, this is terrifying.

What most people don’t realize is that, even though it’s splashing, mud is not water. It doesn’t flow smoothly around your legs and slosh harmlessly down the storm drain. It’s the density and consistency of wet concrete and a couple inches of it moving at a good clip can throw you down and bury you in seconds.

As if that isn’t enough, it has all sorts of crap in it that can perforate your tender flesh–snapped branches, bits of glass from the windows it imploded further up the hill, boulders and crushed rock–so you’ll be bleeding while you drown.

I live in volcano country but I don’t fear lava. I fear the lahars those geologic powder kegs send down the slope after my ass.


6 Comments to “Here’s mud in yer eye…and yer car, and yer house, and yer lungs”

  1. 1953 New Zealand – a lahar knocked out a pylon from a railway bridge moments before the Auckland-Wellington express train got there. The first five carriages followed the engine into the abyss – 151 killed.

    But what gives me the willies are ‘pyroclastic flows’ – basically a mixture of boiling rocks, poisonous superheated volcanic gases and ash, cascading down the mountain side at hundreds of kilometres per hour, internal temperatures up to 1,000°C, covering distances up to 30km from the volcano. Think Pompeii, Krakatoa, Mt St Helens, etc.

    Footage from in front of the flows is rare, because of the low survival rate of people in that position.
    Here’s a medium-sized exception from Unzen in Japan, 1991


  2. The last thing a hiker wants to see on a volcano. The last thing a hiker WOULD see on a volcano.


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