pyroclastic

adjective
py·​ro·​clas·​tic | \ ˌpī-rō-ˈkla-stik How to pronounce pyroclastic (audio) \

Definition of pyroclastic

: formed by or involving fragmentation as a result of volcanic or igneous action

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And nearly 200 people remain missing in villages buried by thick ash, debris and pyroclastic flow. Christopher Dawson, CNN, "How to help Guatemala recover from the Fuego volcano," 7 June 2018 Agung’s 1963 eruption lasted 11 months, producing dangerous ash fall and pyroclastic flows that led to more than 1,000 deaths and property damage. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "8 of the World’s Most Dangerous Volcanoes, According to Experts," 6 June 2018 Lahar is described as flow of pyroclastic material and slurry. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Guatemala volcano eruption kills at least 65, forces thousands to evacuate," 2 Oct. 2018 Unlike Pompeii, which was only hit by falling volcanic ash, Herculaneum was directly in the path of pyroclastic flows headed to the sea. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Mount Vesuvius Caused Romans' Heads to Explode," 10 Oct. 2018 Dramatic video showed a fast-moving lahar, or flow of pyroclastic material and slurry, slamming into and partly destroying a bridge on a highway between Sacatepequez and Escuintla. Sonia Perez D., BostonGlobe.com, "Death toll in Guatemala volcano eruption now at 25," 4 June 2018 Dramatic video showed a fast-moving lahar, or flow of pyroclastic material and slurry, slamming into and partly destroying a bridge on a highway between Sacatepequez and Escuintla. Sonia Perez D., Fox News, "Guatemala volcano eruption kills at least 7, rescue hampered," 4 June 2018 Dramatic video showed a fast-moving lahar, or flow of pyroclastic material and slurry, slamming into and partly destroying a bridge on a highway between Sacatepequez and Escuintla. Time, "Guatemala's Fuego Volcano Erupts, Sending Lava Into Homes and Killing 25," 4 June 2018 Most of the people were either flash-heated to death from the pyroclastic flow or died from asphyxiation. New York Times, "He Died at Pompeii, but His Head Wasn’t Crushed by a Block," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of pyroclastic

1862, in the meaning defined above

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