Lava is the most notorious feature of an erupting volcano. It is made up of incredibly hot molten rock that travels downhill and can travel for miles. Although slow, the flow is constant until the eruption stops and creates devastation along it’s path. The prospect of lava frightens many people although the majority of lava flows travel at a slow pace. Depending on the viscosity, lava will either flow fast or slow but can often be briskly walked away from.
Death from a lava flow is rare because it is so slow but the taunt of it’s heat and strength is terrifying. A single flow of lava can threaten whole towns and cannot be stopped, only diverted. Many towns and farms are buried in rock .