This Is What Happens When You Dump Trash In A Volcano

June 25, 2012


Ever wonder what would happen if you threw a 30kg (~66-lb) box of trash (predominately food remnants) into a volcano from 80-meters (~262-feet)? Me too! Man, I get bored and think of all kinds of shit. Like, what would happen if you got struck by lightning while holding fireworks. Would they go off? Is there any chance of turning into a firework-related superhero? And, if so, is a Native American rain dance still the best way to summon a storm? Why are there so many landfills when we have perfectly good volcanoes to throw trash into? If you toss enough garbage in them will they eventually all simultaneously erupt and destroy the world? How soon can we start dumping?

Hit the jump for the video. Allegedly it's so violent because of the steam produced by the organic matter.

Thanks to Tomas, who wants to see what happens when you drive a monster truck full of watermelons into a volcano.

  • sciencemile

    So contrary to superstition, sacrificing virgins to the Volcano God will probably not appease him, and will actually have an opposite affect.

  • Closet Nerd

    Drop a keg of Natty Ice in there and lets get this party started
    ...... just sayin

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    might as well....sure as hell not going to drink that stuff.
    I say it would be money well spent.

  • Terry_Jim

    This should assuage fears of running out of landfill space.
    Also, if you can't turn garbage into fuel, this at least turns it into entertainment!

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    I am wondering what would happen if you backed a garbage truck up the the rim and dump that sucker out.

  • Merces Letifer

    Or you could just toss the truck in. With the driver.

  • Matty Spinny

    the number one reason why you dont let hillbillys next to a volcano.

  • Joe

    I worked at a doughnut shop as a kid and this reminds me of the time one of the idiots there tossed a glass of ice water into the fryer.

  • JJtoob

    Loving one of the top comments on the YouTube page saying that the gods have lowered their standards in acceptable sacrifices lol.

  • Geology student here:This eruption gets 'violent' because of the water present in the organic matter. The water shortens the silica strands in the lava, effectively turning it from spaghetti style strands into macaroni noodles. It isn't a steam explosion like Dsembr below is suggesting, it's volatiles being introduced into the lava changing the viscosity, leading to the surface ruptures.

  • But the fact that they just threw anything in there would have had virtually the same effect due to disturbing the relative inactive state of the surface magma. Once the magma and steam had an easy place to go it was going to go there. They basically disturbed the "surface tension" of the magma. The magma was always putting pressure on the cap above it and eventually it would have broken that on it's own but they broke it by throwing something in which made it expel lava before enough pressure built up for the volcano to do it on its own.

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    I think you're wrong. It's probably due to magnets.

  • Bubbubsky

    I'd love to see Jerry Sandusky slowly lowered onto that gooey crust and see what happens.

  • "And now for our next demonstration, we'll bring the virgin princess Makilela..."

  • That was fucking crazy!

  • imagine if you push some one into it. OH SNAP . or to be precise OH BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

  • Gordon Freeman

    So what would happen if someone jumped in there?

  • JJtoob

    Ah, should be the same thing, since the stuff in the box is very similar to the stuff in our bodies.

  • DarkRyNo

    See even volcanoes hate our garbage.... and yes i know whats really happening in the volcano...

  • Dsembr

    I used to work as a machinist at a die casting foundry. When I started I was required to watch a safety video extolling the dangers of pop bottles on the production floor. If a closed container with even just a small amount of water or any other drink made its way into the furnace and became submerged before the liquid was completely evaporated, it could result in explosive evaporation. The video demonstrated this by showing a 10'x10' cement block shed being leveled by the explosion produced from 1 cubic cm of water being submerged in 1200 degree F molten aluminum. Indeed, steam is quite violent when molten rock or metal is involved.

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