People have tried to stop lava from flowing. This is why they failed | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

People have tried to stop lava from flowing. This is why they failed

In other cases, explosive bombs were used in attempts to divert a lava flow.
One such example was in 1935 when a volcanic eruption on Mauna Loa sent lava toward the town of Hilo, on Hawaii's Big Island. Famed military leader George S. Patton, then a lieutenant colonel, oversaw a US Army operation in which military planes dropped bombs near the vent that was the source of the lava, according to the US Geological Survey.

The eruption ended six days later, but the effectiveness of disrupting lava channels with bombs remains in dispute, the USGS said.

After another Mauna Loa eruption in 1942, the US military bombed the channel walls of the lava flow. There were no significant effects, according to a research paper on the topic published in the Bulletin of Volcanology.

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