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Five explosive things the 2018 eruption taught us about Kilauea

The eruption has ended, but scientists are just beginning to analyze the data
Jennifer Leman
7:00am, January 29, 2019
Kilauea lava flows

FIRE AND FURY  Kilauea’s eruption last summer, its largest in 200 years, gave scientists a front-row seat to the volcanic processes that power the planet. In this image from August 5, lava heated to 1000° Celsius pours into the Pacific Ocean, sending a mixture of volcanic gases and evaporated seawater into the air.

After a stunningly volatile 2018, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, which had been continuously erupting since 1983, finally seems to be taking a break. Following 35 years of nonstop activity, no lava is currently flowing from the Big Island’s most famous volcano.

Scientists thought they knew Kilauea pretty well. It’s one of the most closely monitored volcanoes in the world, with instruments watching the volcano’s every move since the early 1900s. But the 2018 eruption still managed to offer up surprises.
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