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Have humans influenced volcanic activity on the lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano? A publication review

February 25, 2020

Since the 2018 eruption of Kīlauea Volcano, the topic of whether commercial developments not only caused the eruption to occur in the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ), but also caused its high eruption rate has been a subject of public discussion. We review Kīlauea Volcano publications from the past several decades and show that the eruptive behavior of the volcano has varied and that the 2018 eruption was similar to past eruptions in many ways. We find no evidence to support any human influence on Kīlauea Volcano.

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