Plinian Eruptions | John Seach

A plinian eruption is a powerful ejection of gas, ash and scoria creating a tall eruption column. Plinian eruptions are an order of magnitude larger than vulcanian eruptions. Examples of plinian eruptions are Mt Pinatubo in 1991, and Vesuvius in 79 AD.

Basaltic Plinian eruptions occasionally occur. They have been identified at:
Mt Etna, Italy (122 BC),
Masaya, Nicaragua
Tarawera, New Zealand (1887)
Keanakakoi eruption of Kilauea, Hawaii (1790)