lahar

noun
la·har | \ˈlä-ˌhär \

Definition of lahar 

: a moving fluid mass composed of volcanic debris and water

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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 Orting is the town most vulnerable to lahar damage from Mount Rainier, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. CBS News, "Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has experts warily eyeing volcanic peaks along West Coast," 12 May 2018 The heat from Mount Rainier’s lava flows could potentially melt the snow and ice on the volcano, causing a rapid downstream flow of mud, rocks and debris called lahar. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "8 of the World’s Most Dangerous Volcanoes, According to Experts," 6 June 2018 Ash from the volcano fell on Guatemala City and in the town of Antigua, a colonial-era city popular with tourists, as burning-hot lahar — a slurry of lava, rocky debris and water — gushed down onto the communities that dot the side of the volcano. Carolina Gamazo And Kate Linthicum, latimes.com, "Rescuers frantically dig through ash after Guatemala volcano kills at least 62," 4 June 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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