Pyroclastic flow = when a volcano sends a 450 mph, 1800°F ground-hugging blanket of hot gasses (and stuff) down the mountain. Lobster, anyone everyone?

I knew a volcano could choke, bury, or burn you with ash, landslides and lava. This explanation is new to me.

1902 Mount Pelée, Martinique eruption

Compère-Léandre (a survivor from near the edge of annihilated St. Pierre) stated the following when asked about his survival:

"I felt a terrible wind blowing, the earth began to tremble, and the sky suddenly became dark. I turned to go into the house, with great difficulty climbed the three or four steps that separated me from my room, and felt my arms and legs burning, also my body. I dropped upon a table. At this moment four others sought refuge in my room, crying and writhing with pain, although their garments showed no sign of having been touched by flame. At the end of 10 minutes one of these, the young Delavaud girl, aged about 10 years, fell dead; the others left. I got up and went to another room, where I found the father Delavaud, still clothed and lying on the bed, dead. He was purple and inflated, but the clothing was intact. Crazed and almost overcome, I threw myself on a bed, inert and awaiting death. My senses returned to me in perhaps an hour, when I beheld the roof burning. With sufficient strength left, my legs bleeding and covered with burns, I ran to Fonds-Sait-Denis, six kilometers from Saint-Pierre."[11]
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    thoughtful whoa

PSA: Sneaky homophone

I've been seeing a lot of this one lately:

Main Entry: faze
Pronunciation: \ˈfāz\
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): fazed; faz·ing
Etymology: alteration of feeze to drive away, frighten, from Middle English fesen, from Old English fēsian to drive away
Date: 1830
: to disturb the composure of : disconcert, daunt

Main Entry: phase
Pronunciation: \ˈfāz\
Function: noun
Etymology: New Latin phasis, from Greek, appearance of a star, phase of the moon, from phainein to show (middle voice, to appear) — more at fancy
Date: circa 1750
1 : a particular appearance or state in a regularly recurring cycle of changes
2 a : a distinguishable part in a course, development, or cycle b : an aspect or part (as of a problem) under consideration
3 : the point or stage in a period of uniform circular motion, harmonic motion, or the periodic changes of any magnitude varying according to a simple harmonic law to which the rotation, oscillation, or variation has advanced from its standard position or assumed instant of starting
4 : a homogeneous, physically distinct, and mechanically separable portion of matter present in a nonhomogeneous physicochemical system
5 : an individual or subgroup distinguishably different in appearance or behavior from the norm of the group to which it belongs; also : the distinguishing peculiarity
— pha·sic \ˈfā-zik\ adjective

— in phase : in a synchronized or correlated manner

— out of phase : in an unsynchronized manner : not in correlation

Main Entry: phase
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): phased; phas·ing
Date: 1904
1 : to adjust so as to be in a synchronized condition
2 : to conduct or carry out by planned phases
3 : to introduce in stages —usually used with in
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    come to the dork side