April 20, 2017 | Lottie, Exhibitions Developer, Science Museum

Volcanoes are pretty terrifying, so I'd hope that they're all watched closely for signs of eruption. But some countries don't have the funds for full-scale scientific monitoring.

UK scientists will soon start using two satellites that orbit Earth to watch every volcano for signs of movement. Small shifts visible from space, but not from the ground, can signal that a volcano might be about to blow.

I'm glad these new satellites will increase our knowledge of lethal volcanoes, particularly in countries most vulnerable to eruptions.


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