Time to make way for Ki­lauea?

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

Siz­ing up alarm­ing seis­mic ac­tiv­ity off Pu‘u ‘O‘o — small tem­blors rat­tling at a pace of up to 10 per hour, for ex­am­ple — Hawai­ian Vol­cano Ob­ser­va­tory re­search geo­physi­cist Jim Kauahikaua on Wed­nes­day com­pared it with the pre­lude to a mid-1950s erup­tion in the lower Puna dis­trict.

In Fe­bru­ary 1955, at least two dozen vents opened up and down the Ki­lauea’s East Rift Zone. Be­fore the flow stopped about three months later, lava had buried sec­tions of ev­ery public road to the coast­line. Kauahikaua’s sense of vol­canic deja vu should spur res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike to pre­pare to quickly get out of the way.

Bar­ney & Clyde By Gene Wein­garten

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