What Kind of Eruption Does a Cinder Cone Have?

Cinder cone volcanoes generally spew lava dramatically when they erupt, though the eruptions are not particularly dangerous to human populations. Dramatic and beautiful as the eruptions may be, they are quite insignificant in comparison to the eruptions of other types of volcanoes.

Cinder cone volcanoes take the shape that most people associate with volcanoes: conical hills from tens to hundreds of feet high with steep sides and a lava-filled crater at the peak. They are typically located on the periphery of larger volcanic mountain ranges, and grow very quickly since the lava they produce typically solidifies quickly after emergence, building up the sides of the volcano.