lahar

noun
la·​har | \ˈlä-ˌhär \

Definition of lahar 

: a moving fluid mass composed of volcanic debris and water

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Also of concern is the potential for what are known as lahars, or flows of debris. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "Geology Makes the Mayon Volcano Visually Spectacular—And Dangerously Explosive," 19 Jan. 2018 The projected paths of lahars cover communities in the Stillaguamish and Skagit valleys. Kari Bray, The Seattle Times, "‘Very high threat’ Snohomish County volcano may get new monitoring stations," 19 Aug. 2018 Orting is the town most vulnerable to lahar damage from Mount Rainier, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Hawaii volcano stokes fears of West Coast eruptions," 13 May 2018 Video showed lahar slamming into and partly destroying a highway bridge. Carolina Gamazo And Kate Linthicum, latimes.com, "Rescuers frantically dig through ash after Guatemala volcano kills at least 62," 4 June 2018 Hernandez peers into the narrow open space and points to the back wall of the house, where the lahar hit the structure. Mark Stevenson, Fox News, "At Guatemala volcano, families left on own to keep searching," 8 June 2018 Huge lahars are the greatest risk posed by an eruption at Mount Rainier, according to the USGS. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "8 of the World’s Most Dangerous Volcanoes, According to Experts," 6 June 2018 The worst of the volcano's impact, lahars and pyroclastic flows, are chain reactions following the fiery eruption. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Why Guatemala's Volcano Is Deadlier Than Hawaii's," 4 June 2018 Orting is the town most vulnerable to lahar damage from Mount Rainier, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Hawaii volcano stokes fears of West Coast eruptions," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of lahar

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lahar

Javanese

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