Could Hawaii volcano explosion rival Mount St. Helens? Probably not.

The magma in Mount St. Helens is thick and sticky — think cold peanut butter — and full of gas bubbles. So it’s prone to violent explosions as it reaches the surface. However, Kilauea’s lava is runnier — like honey — and contains less gas, so it flows more easily and doesn’t explode.

     

 

 


Source: USA Today