ash·​fall ˈash-ˌfȯl How to pronounce ashfall (audio)
: a deposit of volcanic ash

Examples of ashfall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Twenty-two million people live in the volcano’s shadow, and its ashfalls and eruptions are dangerous enough to cancel schools and shut down airports. Timmy Broderick, Scientific American, 11 July 2023 The ashfall has become so significant that many activities at Yogjakarta have ceased due to the ash, including any air traffic in and out of the city's airport. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 1 Nov. 2010 If an eruption were to occur, the primary hazards would be from volcanic ashfall and drifting ash clouds. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2023 Knowing that an ashfall or eruption will happen is vital, and Gutiérrez’s work helps people prepare for earthquakes or smothering ash clouds. Timmy Broderick, Scientific American, 11 July 2023 The last Aniakchak volcano eruption occurred May 1, 1931, and lasted six weeks, producing ashfall more than 124 miles from the volcano. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2023 The agency also detected three pyroclastic density currents – hot, fast-moving flows of ash, hot gases and debris that rush down volcanic slopes – and warned of possible ashfall on the south side of the volcano. Kathleen Magramo, CNN, 12 June 2023 The massive ashfall and volcanic mudflows wiped out her village and outlying communities in Pampanga province north of Manila. Jim Gomez and Joeal Calupitan, Anchorage Daily News, 14 June 2023 An ashfall advisory that had been issued for the island shortly after the eruption began — warning residents that up to a quarter inch of ash could be carried downwind from the eruption — was canceled hours later on Monday morning. Johnny Dodd, Peoplemag, 29 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ashfall was in 1886

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“Ashfall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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