Once the lava flows became established and good channels developed, the lava in the channels was going at more like 60 km/hour! On January 10,1977, a lava lake at Nyiragongo drained in less than one hour. The lava erupted from fissures on the flank of the volcano and moved at speeds up to 40 miles per hour (60 km/hr).
Similarly, it is asked, can you outrun a pyroclastic flow?
The most destructive force of a Minoan-sized eruption, locally at least, is the pyroclastic flows. The first thing you should know if you want to escape from a pyroclastic flow is that you can't outrun them. They can reach speeds of up to 300 mile/hour; if you are in their path there is no escape.
What does a pyroclastic flow do to humans?
Pyroclastic flows move fast and destroy everything in their path. Pyroclastic flows contain a high-density mix of hot lava blocks, pumice, ash and volcanic gas. They move at very high speed down volcanic slopes, typically following valleys.
How fast was the pyroclastic flow in Pompeii?
A pyroclastic flow is a fast-moving current of hot gas and rock (collectively known as tephra), which reaches speeds moving away from a volcano of up to 700 km/h (450 mph). Pyroclastic flows are caused when the eruption column collapses.