Kīlauea’s Current Eruption is a Natural Laboratory for Volcanologists

12 Jan

Pacific Island National Parks

The following is this week’s edition of “Volcano Watch” from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (USGS).

Welcome to the 4th annual Volcano Awareness month! Throughout January 2013, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), in cooperation with Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation, and Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense, is offering a series of public talks about Hawaiʻi’s volcanoes. More information about these events is posted on HVO’s Web site at hvo.wr.usgs.gov. As during past Volcano Awareness Months, this column will focus on a theme for the month of January. Over the next four weeks, we will explore some of the most scientifically important eruptions that have occurred in Hawaiʻi since HVO was established in 1912—specifically, what we have learned from these eruptions and why they are important.Since this month marks the 30th anniversary of the start of Kīlauea’s current East Rift Zone eruption…

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