Volcano (1997)

6 factual errors

Factual error: At the end of the movie, when it's raining, with all of the smoke and ash in the air, the rain would have likely been very acidic. The people probably wouldn't be enjoying the sudden downpour.

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Factual error: The firemen would have used the "jaws of life" to get the fireman out instead of the fireman jumping up on the side of the firetruck and crawling through the window. The driver was trapped and could not have been rescued without them.

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Arlene Powell
Volcano mistake picture

Factual error: The volcanic ash that can be seen throughout the film is too big to be real. The ash shown is something like 1-2 cm in diameter. Volcanic ash is not that big in real life; it is not more than 2 millimetres in diameter.


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Factual error: When lava engulfs the streets, aluminum light poles do not melt (it has a melting point of 1,212° Fahrenheit), yet entire vehicles with steel frames melt into the flow (steel melts at 2,750° Fahrenheit). Lava reaches around 2,000°.

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Factual error: It is impossible for a volcano to form under Los Angeles. The San Andreas Fault traveling through the west coast is a "Transform" fault in which the Pacific plate and the North American plate creates a fault line that only slide past each other. In order for a volcano to form, two plates need to subduct. Because there is no ripping apart or subduction taking place along a transform fault, there isn't any magma formation to lead to volcanoes.

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Factual error: When the wall is built and they are waiting for the choppers, we see the different news people. There is one firefighter leaning on top of the wall. The lava would be way too hot for anyone to be so close.