Volcano eruptions are among the most fearsome and awe-inspiring events nature can throw at you. They're rock-meltingly hot, ear-shatteringly loud, and fill their surroundings with a thick fog of ash that can last for weeks. They can even trigger lightning strikes, adding an electric fireworks show and an extra rumble of thunder to an already ostentatious performance. Scientists had never been able to hear that thunder over the din of the volcano's own rumblings — until now. In March 2018, a team of researchers led by Matthew Haney of the U.S. Geological Survey announced that they had finally recorded volcanic thunder. The recording is ... not that impressive. But believe us when we say the scientific achievement certainly is.
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Written by Ashley Hamer April 3, 2018
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