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Volcanoes - Impact
Impact on the Environment
During the eruption, between 4 - 5 million cubic metres of lava was unloaded in the form of pyroclastic flows. A total of at least 4 square kilometres of land was covered by the pyroclastic flows and surges. This had a huge impact on the surrounding environment. All the villages shown on the map, with the exception of Cork Hill, were damaged or destroyed by deposits from the eruption. Find and select the nine hotspots on the map to read some examples of the impact on the environment.
Soufrière Hills Volcano
Deposits from the ash cloud were limited to areas west and north-west of the volcano. The main impact of the ash was the hazard to the search and rescue mission.
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