Several measures—including bombing, adding water, and building walls—have been taken to try to stop lava flow. However, none have proven reliably successful. Geologists ultimately view lava diversion as a losing battle, and suggest that people focus their efforts on improving our ability to predict volcanic eruptions.
How Do You Stop Flowing Lava?
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Key Facts In This Video
Lava can reach temperatures of 1,093 degrees Celsius (2,000 degrees Fahrenheit). 00:36
There are three types of lava: basaltic, andesitic, and rhyolitic. 01:01
It is nearly impossible to stop the flow of lava—bombs and walls have proven unsuccessful. 02:17