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  • If you ever find yourself falling into a volcano,

  • there are a couple of things you should know.

  • First off, when you reach the bottom,

  • the magma's not going to swallow you up as it does in the movies.

  • In fact, the odds of your body even making it to the end of the fall are pretty low.

  • And considering what would happen if you did reach the bottom,

  • you'd probably be better off that way.

  • This is WHAT IF,

  • and here's what would happen if you fell into a volcano.

  • All it takes is one glimpse of a volcano to tell you that it's

  • something you should probably avoid.

  • The bright magma that spews from its core

  • can reach temperatures of up to 1,000°C (1,832°F),

  • hot enough to completely incinerate a human body.

  • And things aren't much better on the outside,

  • as the rim of a volcano is filled with enough toxic gases to kill anyone who gets close to it.

  • So with all that considered,

  • is it even possible to get close enough to the mouth of a volcano to fall in?

  • There aren't many scenarios that could lead to you tumbling inside a volcano,

  • but that doesn't mean it's impossible.

  • For instance, let's say you're out with a hiking group

  • approaching the peak of a volcano.

  • As you get closer, you start to feel really hot and woozy;

  • you think you must just be getting exhausted, but no,

  • you're actually dying.

  • You see, at the rim of a volcano temperatures will be hitting 500°C (932°F),

  • plus you'd be breathing in copious amounts of sulfur, methane,

  • carbon monoxide and ammonia.

  • It would only be a matter of time until asphyxiation sets in,

  • which would cause you to lose consciousness and fall.

  • But you probably wouldn't have made it close enough to the opening

  • to actually fall into the volcano, so maybe this scenario doesn't work.

  • If we want to understand what would happen if you fell into a volcano,

  • we're probably best to avoid the rim altogether

  • and just drop you in from a helicopter.

  • Maybe you're an aerial photographer, just about to capture the

  • bubbling beauty of the lava lake below

  • when the helicopter starts to whip. back and forth uncontrollably.

  • Ash clouds that hang above volcanoes have been known to wreak havoc

  • with airplane engines and flight components in general,

  • and in the ensuing chaos, you could get thrown from the chopper!

  • The fall itself isn't going to last long for you,

  • because within seconds you'll probably have passed out from lack of oxygen,

  • and ignited into flames from the radiant heat.

  • And it doesn't get much better after that.

  • Magma can be thousands to millions of times more viscous than water,

  • which means when your body makes contact with it you are going to hit hard.

  • Like, hard enough to break most of the bones in your body.

  • Ok so flaming skin, seared lungs, broken bones and now you're stuck on the surface

  • since it is generally agreed lava and magma don't let people sink,

  • at least not more than a few centimeters.

  • Oh, and did we mention that you'd ignite into another

  • ball of flames when you hit the surface?

  • In the blink of an eye, it would be just your bones and ashes on top of the lava,

  • and your bones won't stick around long.

  • So if you fell into a volcano, it's likely that the only way you're getting out is in an urn.

  • But, surprisingly enough, there have been some survivors.

  • In 2007, a Maasai porter fell into a volcano but managed to pull himself out;

  • despite suffering severe burns to one arm and both of his legs.

  • The main reason for his being able to make it out alive

  • is because the lava he fell into was natrocarbonatite lava,

  • which is only half as hot as most other lavas.

  • In general, though, it's a good idea to avoid volcanoes altogether.

  • Sure it would take a very specific set of circumstances for anyone to fall inside one, but

  • but there are plenty of other threats that could kill you before that happened.

  • Maybe one day we'll be able to find a purpose for a volcano's destructive nature,

  • like using it for a waste incinerator,

  • but that's a topic for another WHAT IF.

If you ever find yourself falling into a volcano,

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火山に落ちたらどうなるの? (What Happens If You Fall Into a Volcano?)

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    林宜悉 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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