Volcano in Hawaii

Activities exploring the realities of living under the threat of a natural disaster.

Lava covers the road.
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In May 2018, the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii erupted, releasing toxic gas emissions, lava flows and ash. These activities encourage learners to consider what it might be like knowing that you may need to evacuate, how you could prepare and living every day with the threat of a natural disaster.

1. Photo activity: What is that fiery stuff in the road?

Introduce the topic by discussing a photograph and reviewing volcanos.

2. Reading activity: Take this time to prepare

Read a civil defence message and discuss preparations for evacuation.

3. Discussion: Living under threat

How do learners think it would feel, living with the constant possibility of a natural disaster occurring?


This resource was written by P J White of Alt62 and published in May 2018.

The image shows lava flow covering the road following the eruption of the Kilauea volcano, Hawaii, in May 2018 © U.S. Geological Survey.