Definitions for "Plinian eruption"
is the most violent volcanic eruption known. It is of almost incomprehensible violence such as the eruptions of Stronghyle (believed to have occurred in 1500 BC), of Vesuvius (in AD 79) and of Krakatoa in 1883.
Named for Pliny the Younger, a violently explosive eruption that ejects a large volume of tephra high into the stratosphere.
a volcanic eruption in which a stream of gas and ash is violently ejected to a height of several miles