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Roof Collapse Associated with Falling Ash and Pumice Following a Volcanic Eruption

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Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care

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Falling ash and pumice from a volcanic eruption can settle on the roof of buildings. As with snowfall the accumulated weight can buckle the roof, causing it to collapse. This is a major source of injury in developing countries where the roofs are not designed to be weight bearing.

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