Did Heavy Rain Cause Hawaii’s Historic Volcanic Eruption?

UMKC volcanologist says many different things could trigger an eruption

NPR interviews Alison Graettinger, a volcanologist at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, who says it’s clear that rainfall can affect the stability of soil and rock — by causing landslides, for example — and it’s worth investigating things that are known to influence the environment as possible triggers for volcanic events.

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Published: Apr 22, 2020

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