Kinds of eruptions
Strombolian eruptions are eruptions from sticky magma. They spit out sizzling clots of red-hot lava.
Vulcanic eruptions are explosive eruptions from sticky magma. The magma clogs the volcano's vent between cannon-like blasts of ash clouds and thick lava flows
Peléean eject glowing clouds of ash and gas called nuée ardente ( see famous eruptions ).
Plinian eruptions are the most explosive kind of eruption. They are named after Pliny who witnessed the eruption of Vesuvius in ad79 ( see famous eruptions ). In Plinian eruptions boiling gases blast clouds of ash and volcanic fragments up into the stratosphere.