PubTalk 12/2002 — Hawai`i's Volcanoes—Never a Dull Moment
20 Years of Eruption at Kilauea and Waiting for Mauna Loa
by Don Swanson,Volcanologist, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
- Kilauea's Pu'u O'o-Kupaianaha eruption, which began on January 3, 1983, is already the volcano's longest rift eruption in at least 600 years
- Lava has destroyed 8 miles of highway and 189 structures, while covering more than 40 square miles, and adding more than 500 acres to the Island of Hawai'i
- In addition to lava, Kilauea each day emits more than 1,500 tons of sulfur dioxide gas--an irritant and possible health hazard
- After 18 years of quiet, 13,677-ft-high Mauna Loa began swelling again in May 2002--when will it erupt?