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Tragedy at Kilauea

Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)
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Abstract

The following article is a reconstruction of events surrounding the deaths of a party of Hawaiian warriors in 1790 on Kilauea Volcano. It suggests that they were killed by a very hot, ash-free, base-surge cloud that rushed from the volcano.

Much more recently than that, in the early morning hours of November 29, 1975, the largest earthquake in more than 100 years struck the southern part of the Island of Hawaii, causing widespread faulting and subsidence, an eruption at the summit of Kilauea Volcano, the loss of at least one life, and widespread damage to property. The effects of this earthquake are still being analyzed by the staff of the Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, but preliminary results indicate that much of the south flank of Kilauea Volcano moved seaward in an abrupt, slump-like manner. The eruption that followed was small by the usually Kilauea standards and is regarded as a leakage of lava from the volcano's underground reservoir system in response to the effects of the earthquake. A more detailed account of these events will be included in a future issue of the Earthquake Information Bulletin. 

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Tragedy at Kilauea
Series title Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)
Volume 8
Issue 2
Year Published 1976
Language English
Publisher U.S Geological Survey
Description 6 p.
First page 12
Last page 17
Country United States
State Hawaii
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