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Earthquakes Result in a Possible Eruption

Jaysah David

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Our Kilauea Volcano has never ceased to surprise us. Hawaii’s most active volcano has been rattled by hundreds of underground earthquakes, resulting in the collapse of the Pu’u O’o crater. The crater began to collapse on Monday April 30, 2018, triggering lava to move into a new area of the volcano and causing a series of earthquakes. There have been about 50 small earthquakes detected in the area on Wednesday morning alone. Geologists have predicted that magma has moved under Highway 130, near a popular volcano access point. Scientists say an eruption in the area is possible. Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency closed the area to visitors on Tuesday and ordered that tour companies stop taking people to that area. “Residents should heed all advice offered by Civil Defense and that the actions recommended by Civil Defense to prepare for possible eruption,” says Janet Babb, USGS Geologist. “An eruption is possible because magma is clearly moving through the East Rift Zone and it could come to the surface. The possibility is definitely there, I can’t give you a probability.” In mid-April the observatory issued an alert when scientists noticed Pu’u O’o was inflating and becoming pressurized.

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