mudflow

noun
mud·flow | \-ˌflō \

Definition of mudflow 

: a moving mass of soil made fluid by rain or melting snow also : lahar

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Before Sunday's eruptions, the most recent event began May 17, when a mudflow of water and rocks started moving down the slope of the volcano, followed by explosions and ash plumes that rose almost 3,300 feet (1 kilometer). Emiliano Rodriguez Mega, Fox News, "AP Explains: A closer look at Guatemala's Volcano of Fire," 4 June 2018 Before Sunday’s eruptions, the most recent event began May 17, when a mudflow of water and rocks started moving down the slope of the volcano, followed by explosions and ash plumes that rose almost 3,300 feet (1 kilometer). Washington Post, "AP Explains: A closer look at Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire," 4 June 2018 The 1985 eruption of Nevado del Ruiz in Colombia killed 25,000 people — but was so deadly only because the melting water triggered mudflows. Rong-gong Lin Ii, latimes.com, "A California volcano once obliterated a forest and propelled ash 280 miles. Experts say it offers a warning," 22 May 2018 Montecito is still recovering from devastating mudflows that swept away homes and killed at least 21 people. Brittny Mejia, latimes.com, "Evacuation orders lifted in Santa Barbara County," 13 Mar. 2018 When Mount Redoubt erupted in 2009, lahars, or volcanic mudflows, caused major flooding at the Drift River Oil Terminal, where crude oil is stored. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska is no stranger to volcanoes erupting. But what would happen in a big one?," 28 May 2018 When this mixes with the volcanic debris, rainfall can form dangerous mudflows called lahars. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Why Guatemala's Volcano Is Deadlier Than Hawaii's," 4 June 2018 The thunderous explosion sent columns of ash up to 33,000 feet into the air, and brought ash, sand and red-hot mudflows down into nearby villages. Anthony Harrup And, WSJ, "Guatemala Searches for Missing After Deadly Volcano Eruption," 4 June 2018 The real danger comes from volcanic mudflows, also called lahars, says Krippner. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, "Falling into lava would be a pretty hot mess," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of mudflow

1869, in the meaning defined above

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