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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.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2020
Title Have humans influenced volcanic activity on the lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano? A publication review
DOI 10.3133/ofr20201017
Authors James P. Kauahikaua, Frank A. Trusdell
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 2020-1017
Index ID ofr20201017
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Volcano Science Center