||Montserrat Flame Item 1989|
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This version of Montserrat captures the drama of glowing red lava making first contact with the ocean.
New land created by lava that enters the sea is highly unstable.
Large areas regularly collapse triggering strong explosions which send waves of scalding seawater onshore.
These explosions can also hurled hot rocks and lava fragments more than 330 feet.
Tehpra jets are the most common type of lava-seawater explosion that occur when an open stream of lava meets intense wave action at the shoreline.
The Montserrat series is inspired by the Caribbean island of Montserrat located in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies.
On July 18, 1995 the Soufrire Hills volcano there erupted, burying Montserrat's capital city of Plymouth, its docks and airport in 2,200 degree volcanic flows.