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What Kilauea's Eruption Can Teach us About Volcanoes and Geology

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In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, a column of robust, reddish-brown ash plume occurred after a magnitude 6.9 South Flank following the eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano on May 4, 2018 in the Leilani Estates subdivision near Pahoa, Hawaii. (Photo: U.S. Geological Survey via Getty Images)

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has destroyed at least 26 homes since it began spewing lava hundreds of feet into the air last week. The decimated homes were in the Leilani Estates subdivision, where molten rock, toxic gas and steam have been bursting through openings in the ground created by the volcano. In this hour we’ll get an update on the eruption and take a deep dive into the science of volcanoes. What do you want to know?

Guests:
Ku’uwehi Hiraishi,
reporter, Hawaii Public Radio
Einat Lev, assistant research professor, Seismology, Geodynamics and Tectonics (SGT) division at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Wendy Stovall, deputy scientist-in-charge, USGS-Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, Volcano Hazards Program

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