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This web site describes a series of Lahars that occurred from the Nevado del Ruiz volcano in the Andes mountains, the northernmost and highest volcano in Colombia. Beginning in November 1984, the volcano began showing clear signs of unrest. An explosive eruption from Ruiz's summit crater on November 13, 1985, at 9:08 p.m. generated an eruption column and sent a series of pyroclastic flows and surges ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Photograph, Report
Subject: Natural hazards
 
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The 1950 eruption was the largest and most spectacular eruption from the southwest rift zone of Mauna Loa Volcano, Hawaii, since written records have been kept. It was especially noteworthy, for lava was erupted from a nearly continuous 20-km-long fissure along the middle portion of the rift zone. Flows reached the sea in less than four hours. The description includes 5 photographs, a map of a portion ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Map, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Natural hazards
 
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This page describes how quickly an earthquake-triggered lahar happened and the losses that occurred. Some losses may have occurred because people did not know they should flee to high ground after an earthquake. Within minutes of the 1994 magnitude 6.4 earthquake beneath the south-southwest flank of Nevado del Huila volcano in Colombia, dozens of landslides swept down from the steep valleys above ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Map, Photograph, Report
Subject: Natural hazards
 
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This web page covers the progress of the early 1960 Kapoho eruption of Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, and the damage it caused. The eruption caused havoc in lower Puna, an idyllic rural paradise until the lava fountains and flows covered farm land and villages including Kapoho Village and parts of Koa`e Village. During this time, the volcano's summit deflated and eventually collapsed. This page is part ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Map, Photograph, Report
Subject: Natural hazards
 
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This web page uses photographs and illustrations of Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, to illustrate the typical growth and collapse of lava deltas, fan-shaped platforms formed when pahoehoe lava enters the ocean for extended periods of time. The page also discusses the hazards associated with active lava deltas. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), General public
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Natural hazards
 
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This web site illustrates and describes damage from a tragic lahar triggered by rainfall on Casita Volcano, an inactive cone of San Cristobal Volcano, northwestern Nicaragua. When the side of Casita Volcano collapsed on October 30, 1998, more than 2,000 people were killed within minutes as a large lahar swept over the towns of El Porvenir and Rolando Rodriguez. Links are also available to a photoglossary ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Map, Photograph, Report
Subject: Natural hazards
 
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The Tsunami Database is a global digital database containing information on more than 2000 tsunamis maintained by the National Geophysical Data Center. This is an interactive site; the user is asked to enter search parameters such as date, latitude and longitude, cause of the tsunami - earthquake, landslide, volcano, or all combined - magnitude, and death. Information is then generated on tsunamis ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: In-situ dataset
Subject: Natural hazards
 
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As an entity of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the mission of the USFA is to reduce life and economic losses due to fire and related emergencies, through leadership, advocacy, coordination, and support. The website provides a wide variety of information, data and services for professionals, the media as well as for the general public. Topics include arson, EMS and rescue, hazardous ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional, General public
Resource type: Government portal
Subject: Natural hazards
 
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This lesson plan introduces students to natural hazards that occur across the United States and in their home region. They will learn where tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, or severe thunderstorms are likely to occur and will find out which type of event is most likely to happen near their home. They will practice some safety steps and will make signs to educate other kids and adults ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Natural hazards
 
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This lesson plan asks students to consider the natural disasters that might occur near their homes and to determine where it would be best to build a house in order to avoid damage from a natural disaster or storm. They will do the Stormy Stories online activity, research natural disasters and storms, and write reports pretending their families have sought their advice on the safest places to build ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Natural hazards
 
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