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Awesome Kilauea October 13, 2008

Posted by Sarah in science.
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Hawaiian volcano Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, erupting more or less continuously since 1983. One of five volcanoes that make up the island of Hawaii (the others are Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, Hualalai and Kohala), Kilauea has had 61 recorded historic eruptions, with no less than 34 times since 1952. In Hawaiian, “Kilauea” means “spewing” – yeah, no sh*t! In recent months the volcano’s has been particularly unsettled, with several explosive eruptions taking place. The most recent one of these took place on 12 October, and USGS cameras recorded the event. Watch it below, it’s *so* awesome.

For detailed information on Kilauea’s daily activity, check out the status page on the USGS’s dedicated Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website. The USGS Volcano Hazards Program publish regular updates on all the world’s major volcanoes. For a natural disasters geek like me it’s fantastic (as is their earthquake notification service – but I’ll talk about that another time).

You can even follow the USGS on Twitter!