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Dramatic video of explosive volcanic eruption with compression wave

September 7, 2014

Watts Up With That?

volcanic_explosion_papuaHere’s something seldom seen – a volcanic eruption that is so fast and intense that it creates a condensation shock wave in the atmosphere (like is sometimes seen from bombs exploding) along with throwing massive debris into the air that splashes down in the water.

This incredible video was taken by a tourist on a pleasure boat ride. Best viewed full screen (set for HD) with sound on. Watch for the wave to hit the camera!

The eruption of Mount Tavurvur volcano on August 29th, 2014. Captured by Phil McNamara.

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