Volcanic hazards and public response.

Journal of Geophysical Research


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Although scientific understanding of volcanoes is advancing, eruptions continue to take a substantial toll of life and property. Some of these losses could be reduced by better advance preparations, more effective flow of information between scientists and public officials, and better understanding of volcanic behaviour by all segments of the public. However, the underlying problem embraces a set of more complex issues comprising 3 pervasive factors: 1) the volcano: signals given by restless volcanoes are often ambiguous and difficult to interpret, especially at long-quiescent volcanoes; 2) people: people confront hazardous volcanoes in widely divergent ways, and many have difficulty in dealing with the uncertainties inherent in volcanic unrest; 3) the scientists: volcanologists correctly place their highest priority on monitoring and hazard assessment, but they sometimes fail to explain clearly their conclusions to responsible officials and the public, which may lead to inadequate public response.-from Author

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Volcanic hazards and public response.
Series title Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume 93
Issue B5
Year Published 1988
Language English
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Journal of Geophysical Research
First page 4161
Last page 4170
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