January 27, 2014|Juanita Montgomery|Big Island: Weather and Nature
January is Volcano Awareness Month. Learn more at: hvo.wr.usgs.gov
Understanding Hawaii Island Volcanoes
Because we live on an Island with an active volcano, understanding the history of our island's development helps give us a more visceral sense of what the future may hold. We have veritable ring-side seats to the earth’s physical drama as it unfolds daily.
It has been 31 years since Kilauea started its current eruption phase and, according to this Volcano Watch article, scientists are learning that the size of a volcano may determine the eruption rate. However, they are not certain whether Kilauea is a small volcano or a part of the larger volcano, Mauna Loa.
"Is Kīlauea merely a small bump on Mauna Loa's side or does it deeply cut into Mauna Loa's edifice, effectively wedging apart the older and larger volcano? The answer to this question has direct bearing on the eruptive activity that we should expect from Kīlauea in... Read More
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