Eruption Effect is the world’s largest scientifically accurate simulation of an erupting volcano. A lake of glowing orange liquid simulates hot lava with volcanic “ash” floating on top that appears to move around sluggishly. A layer of steam hangs over the lake as periodic eruptions occur. During an eruption, large amounts of the liquid “lava” are shot in the air where they are lit by lights from above.
Visitors can control one of four eruption nozzles. They have two buttons: “Magma” and “Gas” which control the flow of liquid and the injection of gas. The exhibit involves computer control of multiple three-phase pumps, injection of compressed gases, and hundreds of gallons of a proprietary glowing liquid. We ran the effect past several volcanologists in Hawaii to verify the exhibit’s authenticity.
Exhibit concept designs provided by Gyroscope Inc.
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI