PubTalk 12/2011 — Tracking Ongoing Kilauea Eruptions

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--fissures...fountains...and flows

by Matthew Patrick, USGS, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory


  • Spectacular Kilauea eruptions have produced a summit lava lake, roiling for several years, and a flank eruption recently sending lava flows downslope to threaten residential areas
  • How do USGS scientists monitor and track subsurface molten rock movement, measure the state of volcanic unrest, and forecast eruptions?
  • Hawaiian volcano "plumbing systems" force deep molten magma into subsurface reservoirs, through eruptive fissures, and onto the surface to form large lava flows


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Length: 01:16:28

Location Taken: Menlo Park, CA, US


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