Important points about volcanoes: location matters, explosiveness can be predicted to an extent, and fast-moving flows of volcanic materials (known as pyroclastic flows) are deadly.
Pyroclastic flows are biggest danger in these eruptions.
Volcanic ash can cause a nuisance to farmers, burying agricultural lands and damaging crops. But in the long term, this ash will create highly productive soil that can support huge populations.
The nine metre-high waves that smashed into Minoan civilisation on Crete weren't caused by the volcano collapsing.
What can we expect Australia's next volcanic eruption to be like? That depends where and when it happens, and it could be sooner than you think.
A series of fossil discoveries in the 1990s changed our understanding of the lives of early birds and mammals, as well as…