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* The volcano in question also forms itself impossibly quickly when lava does break through to the surface full force, growing to full size in literally a handful of scenes. While a volcano may be quick when it forms itself, it takes at least a few hours if not a few days for one to build up to the size shown so quickly. This one takes only ''[[BeyondTheImpossible 12-13 seconds]].''

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* ** The volcano in question also forms itself impossibly quickly when lava does break through to the surface full force, growing to full size in literally a handful of scenes. While a volcano may be quick when it forms itself, it takes at least a few hours if not a few days for one to build up to the size shown so quickly. This one takes only ''[[BeyondTheImpossible 12-13 seconds]].''

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* The volcano in question also forms itself impossibly quickly when lava does break through to the surface full force, growing to full size in literally a handful of scenes. While a volcano may be quick when it forms itself, it takes at least a few hours if not a few days for one to build up to the size shown so quickly. This one takes only ''[[BeyondTheImpossible 12-13 seconds]].''

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* TheLavaCavesOfNewYork: The Los Angeles basin is exactly the wrong kind of place to ever have volcanism. California has active volcanoes (Mt. Lassen erupted in 1917 and Mt. Shasta is also active), but, as note elsewhere on this page, the geography of L.A. simply doesn't support the formation of volcanoes.


* CassandraTruth: No-one believes the experts about the coming eruption. Though considering no-one else seems to even know what lava is, this was an uphill battle from the beginning.



* CassandraTruth: No-one believes the experts about the coming eruption. Though considering no-one else seems to even know what lava is, this was an uphill battle from the beginning.


** Though to be fair, that line isn't said as if nobody's heard of volcanoes before, it's said like nobody's heard of a volcano popping up in the middle of a city before. Nobody's ever shocked by the existence of volcanoes, they're shocked by the existence of one ''right here right now''.

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** Though to be fair, that line isn't said as if nobody's heard of volcanoes before, it's said like nobody's heard of a volcano popping up in the middle of a city before. Nobody's ever shocked by the existence of volcanoes, they're shocked by the existence of one ''right here right now''. (Which, for reasons explained above, justifies almost any sense of disbelief.)


* WorstAid: Zigzagged and not in a good way with the down firefighters. Roark tells someone he believes to be a civilian to not move down personnel and that ambulances are on the way - good. Roark (who is not a medic) defers to medical expertise once the civilian identifies themselves as a doctor - good. Dr. Calder assessing injuries for severity and determining trauma care she can't provide is needed - good. Dr. Calder opting to transport serious vehicle accident casualties in a civilian car with no immobilization - '''not good!''' Roark ''just told her'' that ambulances are on the way (this is the middle of otherwise normal Los Angeles, this claim will be valid), paramedics are good at stabilizing serious vehicle accident casualties, and both of these people may have CNS injuries that can be ''lethal'' if not immobilized.

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* WorstAid: Zigzagged and not in a good way with the down firefighters. Roark tells someone he believes to be a civilian to not move down personnel and that ambulances are on the way - good. Roark (who is not a medic) defers to medical expertise once the civilian identifies themselves as a doctor - good. Dr. Calder assessing injuries for severity and determining trauma care she can't provide is needed - good. Dr. Calder opting to transport serious vehicle accident casualties in a civilian car with no immobilization - '''not good!''' Roark ''just told her'' that ambulances are on the way (this is the middle of otherwise normal Los Angeles, this claim will be valid), paramedics are good at stabilizing serious vehicle accident casualties, and both of these people may have CNS injuries that can be ''lethal'' if not immobilized.immobilized.
** The area isn't exactly safe though, given the volcano exploding literally a couple hundred meters away, rapidly approaching lava, and constantly falling lava bombs. Even if there's no way to properly immobilize the wounded, the risk of moving them is lower than the risk of sitting still and waiting for ambulances. Especially considering that there are explosions and fires all over, a serious earthquake has just occured, and roads are jammed - this is ''not'' normal Los Angeles; there is no guarantee the ambulances will show up. Dr. Calder taking the casualties to the hospital in her car was clearly the right choice, especially considering that the summoned ambulance never actually arrives, the only emergency workers to reach the site are police and firefighters

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** Though to be fair, that line isn't said as if nobody's heard of volcanoes before, it's said like nobody's heard of a volcano popping up in the middle of a city before. Nobody's ever shocked by the existence of volcanoes, they're shocked by the existence of one ''right here right now''.


* TheLoad: Kelly is probably the most useless person in Los Angeles; if not for Mike, she would have died long before the midpoint of the movie. That little blond brat is at least a close runner-up, though, as death and disaster seem to follow that oblivious little deadweight practically every second he's on screen.

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* TheLoad: Kelly is probably the most useless person in Los Angeles; if not Kelly. If it wasn't for Mike, her dad, she would have died long before the midpoint of the movie. That little blond brat The kid that Kelly eventually looks after is at least a close runner-up, though, as death and disaster seem to follow that oblivious little deadweight practically every second he's on screen.runner-up.



*** For that matter, Tommy, the aforesaid kid, who leaves the restaurant (which contains someone who is taking care of him, and another little girl he's been playing games with) and wanders out into an empty parking garage for ''literally no reason''. And, as mentioned above, makes it all the way out to the street, alone, when any sensible kid ought to have been terrified to be away from an adult.

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*** For that matter, Tommy, the aforesaid kid, who leaves the restaurant Hard Rock Cafe (which contains someone who is taking care of him, and another little girl he's been playing games with) and wanders out into an empty parking garage for ''literally no reason''. And, as mentioned above, makes it all the way out to the street, alone, when any sensible kid ought to have been terrified to be away from an adult.

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* PlotArmor: Early on, Kelly gets splattered on her leg with lava, and isn't any more injured than if it had been boiling water. In the climax, however, people get hit with similarly-sized bits of lava from the vent that opens near the hospital, and are burned to death in a matter of seconds.


** There's also the scene where they block and deal with the main lava flow, they also sprayed water into the volcano to pacify it. In reality, if you tried to cool down a volcano, then you would most likely make the eruption phreatic or phreatomagmatic. Which considering that these types of eruptions are a ''[[TooDumbToLive crapton more dangerous than plain lava eruptions, you would pretty much be asking for Los Angeles to be levelled by pyroclastic base surges.]]'' [[note]]this strategy did work during the eruption of Heimaey in Iceland in 1973 - enough seawater was pumped onto a moving lava flow to create a solid wall and divert the flow, saving the harbour, although unlike in the film, they had enough sense to not spray the erupting vent itself down.[[/note]]

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** There's also the scene where they block and deal with the main lava flow, they also sprayed water into the volcano volcano’s vent ''directly'' to pacify it. In reality, if you tried to cool down a volcano, then you would most likely make the eruption phreatic or phreatomagmatic. Which considering that these types of eruptions are a ''[[TooDumbToLive crapton more dangerous than plain lava eruptions, you would pretty much be asking for Los Angeles to be levelled by pyroclastic base surges.]]'' [[note]]this strategy did work during the eruption of Heimaey in Iceland in 1973 - enough seawater was pumped onto a moving lava flow to create a solid wall and divert the flow, saving the harbour, although unlike in the film, they had enough sense to not spray the erupting vent itself down.[[/note]]


** There's also the scene where they block and deal with the main lava flow, they also sprayed water into the volcano to pacify it. In reality, if you tried to cool down a volcano, then you would most likely make the eruption phreatic or phreatomagmatic. Which considering that these types of eruptions are a ''[[TooDumbToLive crapton more dangerous than plain lava eruptions, you would pretty much be asking for Los Angeles to be levelled by pyroclastic base surges.]]'' [[note]]this strategy did work during the eruption of Heimaey in Iceland in 1973 - enough seawater was pumped onto a moving lava flow to create a solid wall and divert the flow, saving the harbour, although unlike in the film, they had enough sense to not spray the vent down.[[/note]]

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** There's also the scene where they block and deal with the main lava flow, they also sprayed water into the volcano to pacify it. In reality, if you tried to cool down a volcano, then you would most likely make the eruption phreatic or phreatomagmatic. Which considering that these types of eruptions are a ''[[TooDumbToLive crapton more dangerous than plain lava eruptions, you would pretty much be asking for Los Angeles to be levelled by pyroclastic base surges.]]'' [[note]]this strategy did work during the eruption of Heimaey in Iceland in 1973 - enough seawater was pumped onto a moving lava flow to create a solid wall and divert the flow, saving the harbour, although unlike in the film, they had enough sense to not spray the erupting vent itself down.[[/note]]


** There's also the scene where they block and deal with the main lava flow, they also sprayed water into the volcano to pacify it. In reality, if you tried to cool down a volcano, then you would most likely make the eruption phreatic or phreatomagmatic. Which considering that these types of eruptions are a ''[[TooDumbToLive crapton more dangerous than plain lava eruptions, you would pretty much be asking for Los Angeles to be levelled by pyroclastic base surges.]]'' [[note]]this strategy did work during the eruption of Heimaey in Iceland in 1973 - enough seawater was pumped onto a moving lava flow to create a solid wall and divert the flow, saving the harbour.[[/note]]

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** There's also the scene where they block and deal with the main lava flow, they also sprayed water into the volcano to pacify it. In reality, if you tried to cool down a volcano, then you would most likely make the eruption phreatic or phreatomagmatic. Which considering that these types of eruptions are a ''[[TooDumbToLive crapton more dangerous than plain lava eruptions, you would pretty much be asking for Los Angeles to be levelled by pyroclastic base surges.]]'' [[note]]this strategy did work during the eruption of Heimaey in Iceland in 1973 - enough seawater was pumped onto a moving lava flow to create a solid wall and divert the flow, saving the harbour.harbour, although unlike in the film, they had enough sense to not spray the vent down.[[/note]]


** There are too many instances to count where individuals are standing directly on the other side of concrete barriers redirecting and holding back lava. In real life, low-viscosity lava of this type is around 1,500-1,800 degrees Farenheit, and will cause anything flammable within about ten feet to spontaneously combust. Even firefighting gear is only rated for protection up to about 1,200 degrees Farenheit.

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** There are too many instances to count where individuals are standing directly on the other side of concrete barriers redirecting and holding back lava. In real life, low-viscosity lava of this type is around 1,500-1,800 degrees Farenheit, and will cause anything flammable within about ten feet to spontaneously combust. Even firefighting the very best thermal proximity gear (which is very bulky and cumbersome to work in) is only rated for protection against radiant heat up to about 1,200 degrees Farenheit.Fahrenheit, and even then only for very brief periods before the protective material delaminates. Firefighting turnout gear such as that used by LAFD and other fire departments is only rated to ''300'' degrees (though it can withstand that level of heat for much longer and is significantly easier to work in). Standing that close to a lava flow would actually cause the fire-resistant Nomex fabric of their turnout gear to burst into flames.

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* MonumentalDamage: The mammoth statue in the La Brea Tar Pits slowly sinks and melts prior to the volcano's formation, the Angelyne billboard gets hit with a lava bomb, and a significant portion of Wilshire Boulevard gets covered in lava.

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