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Hawaii's Volcanic Eruption Draws Scientific Interest

The eruption of Kilauea on Hawaii's Big Island is causing local devastation, but it is an exciting research opportunity for volcanologists.
Lava advances west on Leilani Avenue on May 27. Source: U.S. Geological Survey

The images from the eruption of Kilauea in Hawaii are breathtaking. Lava is gushing from cracks in the earth, blasting — at times — more than 200 feet in the air. Vog — volcanic fog — from the volcano is drifting as far as Guam.

For those living in the southeast corner of the Big Island, the

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