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Rice Researchers Study The Eruption Of Kilauea

Julia Morgan and her fellow researchers from Rice University have planted ocean-bottom seismic instruments off the southeastern shore of Hawaii’s main island.

Kilauea Volcano Eruption
Lava erupting from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s main island.

Seven days in Hawaii sounds lovely, right? But maybe not if you’re visiting during the eruption of the Kilauea volcano, which has been ongoing since May.

Such was the case for Julia Morgan and her fellow researchers from Rice University. They recently returned from studying the earthquakes occurring around the volcano. They planted ocean-bottom seismic instruments off the southeastern shore of Hawaii’s main island.

Kilauea Lava Flow From The Air
Lava flows from a volcanic rift on the Big Island of Hawaii on July 16, 2018.

In the audio above, Morgan tells Houston Matters host Craig Cohen about what their research found and what they hope to learn from the experience.

MORE: Video taken from a helicopter on July 16, 2018 shows lava from the ongoing eruption of Kilauea as it moves from the volcano to the sea.

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