No. Totally ignoring radiation or anything, no. Mountains are really big, and magma is thick and absorbs impact energy, because the blast wouldn't vaporize the mountain. You wouldn't want to do it, because you'd have no way of knowing how it would affect the conduit, magma chamber, and vent. You could make it much worse. Nuclear weapons are never the answer for anything, although every Hollywood sci-fi ever filmed seems to think that they are.
This is time for a hands-off approach. Between the two World Wars, Mauna Loa was erupting, and the city of Hilo was right in the path of a large flow. An enterprising Army officer decided that it was a good idea to send up planes to bomb the flow (he could do that because it was still the Army Air Corps, not an independent Air Force). Well, they bombed it, and long story short, made everything much, much worse, and contributed to loss of property that wouldn't have otherwise happened. This brilliant officer? George S. Patton, who would later famously go on to lead the US 7th Army in battle across North Africa, Sicily, and Europe.
The man may have been a great soldier, but he clearly had no concept of science or reality.
· 9 years ago