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Flurry of small earthquakes occur on Kilauea Volcano

The U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) reported a flurry of small earthquakes on Kilauea Volcanos upper East Rift Zone just before 6 a.m. Sunday.
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Earthquakes and shifting ground on Hawaii volcano could signal new eruption

A lake of lava near the summit of Kilauea on Hawaii's Big Island had risen to a record-high level after a recent explosion. But in the past few days, the pool of molten rock began sinking, and the surface of the lava lake fell nearly 500 feet.
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What's beneath Hawaii's most active volcano?

Christelle Wauthier, assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences and the Institute for CyberScience at Penn State, has been studying Kilauea volcano for several years and is getting ready to start a new project at Penn State -- one using a radar imaging technique that researchers call interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) to try to peer below its surface and learn more about why the volcano is so volatile.
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Unveiling of Captain James Cook monument Kauai, Waimea, Hawaii

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James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands on the 18th January, 1778 

There are questions as to whether Spanish explorers did arrive in the Hawaiian Islands two centuries before Captain James Cook's first documented visit in 1778. Ruy López de Villalobos commanded a fleet of six ships that left Acapulco in 1542 with a Spanish sailor named Juan Gaetano aboard as pilot. Depending on the interpretation, Gaetano's reports seemed to describe the discovery of Hawaii or the Marshall Islands in 1555. If it was Hawaii, Gaetano would have been one of the first Europeans to find the islands. Some scholars have dismissed these claims as lacking credibility.
The 1778 arrival of British explorer James Cook was Hawaiis first documented contact with European explorers. Cook named the islands the "Sandwich Islands" in honour of his sponsor John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich.

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Lava from Kilauea volcano destroys Hawaii neighbourhood's last remaining home

A lava flow has destroyed the last home in a vast but sparsely populated neighbourhood in the Big Island's Puna district, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Sunday.
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Big Island "booms" have residents asking questions

The USGS's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory recorded over 60 earthquakes strong enough to be located beneath Kilauea, over a dozen of which were greater than a magnitude 2.0; the largest was a magnitude 3.2 earthquake.
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NASA Radar to Study Hawaii's Most Active Volcano

An airborne radar developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has returned to Hawaii to continue its study of Kilauea volcano, Hawaii's current most active volcano.
The Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar, or UAVSAR, mounted in a pod under NASA's G-III research aircraft from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Centre, Edwards, Calif., returned to Hawaii's Big Island on Jan. 7. The one-week airborne campaign will help scientists better understand processes occurring under Earth's surface at Kilauea.

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Two-faced Kilauea volcano exposed

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano draws two million visitors every year but its photogenic lava fountains and rivers hide a more tempestuous nature.
Scientists say their latest research indicates that explosive eruptions have been far more common in the past than the gentle outflows seen today.

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A source for the young plume behind the Hawaiian volcanoes

By analysing the isotopic composition of strontium glasses trapped in magmatic inclusion in olivine crystals contained in the lavas of Mauna Loa, Hawaiian volcanoes, a researcher at Grenoble (IsTerre, CNRS-INSU, Univ Joseph Fourier) and his colleagues the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (United Kingdom), the Academy of Sciences of Russia (Moscow, Novosibirsk) and the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory (United States) show that the rocks that have fuelled the head of the mantle plume of the Hawaii Volcanoes, are inherited from oceanic rocks contaminated with sea water no earlier than 200 to 650 million years. This work was published in the journal Nature 25 August 2011.
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