Dante's Peak Essay

1014 Words Mar 14th, 2011 5 Pages
Dante's Peak

Introduction to Movie
The movie talks about the eruption of northern cascades mountain which took place in America. Set in the fictional town of Dante's Peak, Washington, located in the northern Cascade Mountains, the film is somewhat based on the real-life eruptions of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, Mount St. Helens in 1980 and Mount Pinatubo in 1991, with Dr. Harry Dalton and the family of the mayor of the town. The film begins with the eruption of an unnamed volcano in Colombia during which volcanologist Dr. Harry Dalton’s fiancée is killed as the couple tries to evacuate.
After four years, Harry is tasked with investigating possible volcanic activity in the mountain near the town of Dante’s Peak which has not erupted for a
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Lava flows and lahars can wipe out the flanks of mountainsides. Volcanic ash can also blanket the landscape for miles. As shown in the movie, Ruth decides against moving just like in real life as old people do not believe in erupting volcanoes as volcanologists often predicts erupting volcanoes wrongly. The government are afraid to give warnings to the people and volcanologists are often wrong about whether the volcano will erupt on not, and in case it is a false alarm, the people would get into hysterics and more because it would harm the economic and tourism in the country just like how it is in Dante’s peak.

Effects of Eruption
The people who are unable to escape in time will be injured or killed by falling rubble. They can also be buried under the rubble, and if they are not rescued in time, they have a high chance of dying of hunger, dehydration or suffocation. The eruption brings about economic damage to the country, especially if the volcano affected industrial estates. Also, stock prices of the country decreases drastically, bring about impact to the entire country, regardless of whether they were affected by the volcano or not. Lastly, the country will require a large amount of fund for rebuilding efforts. People are affected psychologically due to their terrifying experience of the eruption of a volcano or the experience of losing their loved ones. There will be a sudden need of doctors, and in some

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