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# Could the Kilauea volcano erupt with enough force to affect the earth's orbit, like a giant jet engine?

• I don't think so.
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• No. The material ejected falls back to earth, so the net change in momentum is zero.
It would take a huge volcano, one powerful enough to throw material fast enough that it exceeds escape velocity and escapes earth forever. But even then, the change would be tiny, probably too small to measure.

Look at it other way. Estimates for the mass of meteroid material that falls on Earth each year range from 37,000-78,000 tons. That does not change earth's orbit by any measureable amount. So a huge volcano that threw a million tons into off the earth would only equal the meteroid infall for 12 years.
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• No, it couldn't
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• No.

Kilauea is not a super-volcano. and Yellowstone is erupting all the time when geysers go off. Kilauea is NOT going to change Earth's orbit significantly, but the ignorance and fear of so many people CAN destroy civilizations. it cannot change Earth's orbit. we don't have that level of technology, YET.

Yellow stone IS NOT overdue for an eruption, no matter WHAT nonsense other people may tell you to propagate their own ignorance to fear monger.
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• No, there's always a volcano somewhere that's going off.
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• No.
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• Even with the largest volcano that has ever existed the answer remains no.
To act like a jet engine momentum must leave the earth. Fragments would have to be ejected at higher than escape velocity.
This is NOT going to happen. The speed required is unimaginable. For any lesser speed the mass goes up, then it falls down.
It hits the earth and stops.
The total transfer of momentum remains zero so the effects on the earth's orbit remain zero.
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• No, material would have to be shot of the earth into space in order to affect earths orbit. Escape velocity is 25000 mi/hr. The volcano isn't powerful enough to shoot material anywhere near that speed.
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• Of course not. What a ridiculous question.
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• this is not the first time a volcano blew up
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