Time to make way for Kilauea?
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