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Huge volcanic eruption in 2018 was triggered by torrential rains


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Huge volcanic eruption in 2018 was triggered by torrential rains

The eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano in 2018 was caused by heavy rains – suggesting that extreme weather from climate change could lead to more eruptions Environment 22 April 2020 By Michael Marshall Kilauea volcano on Hawaii heavily erupted in 2018Usgs/Zuma Wire/Shutterstock THE huge eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii in 2018 was triggered by…

The eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano in 2018 was caused by heavy rains – suggesting that extreme weather from climate change could lead to more eruptions



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22 April 2020

By Michael Marshall

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Kilauea volcano on Hawaii heavily erupted in 2018

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THE huge eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii in 2018 was triggered by extremely heavy rains, according to a new analysis. The water caused pressure to build up deep inside the volcano, fracturing the rock and allowing hot magma to rise.

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The finding bolsters the idea that rainfall can affect volcanoes and thus that climate change could lead to more eruptions.

Kilauea began erupting at the end of April 2018, when the floor of its lava lake collapsed. The volcano crumbled and huge volumes of magma flowed over …

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