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NOVA: Deadliest Volcanoes

Airs Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Vesuvius during lightning storm.

Credit: Courtesy of WGBH

Above: Vesuvius during lightning storm.

Explore some of the worst volcanic disasters of the past 400 years—from Indonesia's Krakatau to Iceland’s Laki in this interactive feature.

Explore the parts of a volcano such as Mt. St. Helens and see what causes destruction during a volcanic eruption.

Explore the science behind the headlines in PBS’ premier science series. With compelling stories and spectacular visuals, NOVA programs demystify science and technology for viewers of all ages and spotlight people involved in scientific pursuits.

"Deadliest Volcanoes" - Millions of people around the world live in the shadow of active volcanoes. Under constant threat of massive volcanic eruptions, their homes and their lives are daily at risk from these sleeping giants.

From Japan’s Mount Fuji to the “Sleeping Giant” submerged beneath Naples to the Yellowstone “supervolcano” in the United States, travel with scientists from around the world who are at work on these sites, attempting to discover how likely these volcanoes are to erupt, when eruptions might happen and how deadly they could prove to be in "Deadliest Volcanoes."

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In NOVA's "Deadliest Volcanoes," travel with scientists who are attempting to discover how likely volcanoes are to erupt, when eruptions might happen and how deadly they could prove to be.

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