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Do larger volcanoes erupt faster then smaller volcanoes?

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Wiki User
10/15/2008

Typically, yes. Larger volcanoes such as shield volcanoes erupt more frequently than smaller ones. However, the speed of eruption depends on the type of volcano and lava. If the volcano is an acid-lava volcano or a composite volcano, the eruption may be slow and noisy and the acidic lava is viscous, which means it flows slowly, and that it solidifies up the vent and block the lava from flowing out easily, creating a huge "BANG" during eruptions.