Have Humans Influenced Volcanic Activity on the Lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano? A Publication Review

Open-File Report 2020-1017
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Since the 2018 eruption of Kīlauea Volcano, the topic of whether commercial developments not only caused the eruption to occur in the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ), but also caused its high eruption rate has been a subject of public discussion. We review Kīlauea Volcano publications from the past several decades and show that the eruptive behavior of the volcano has varied and that the 2018 eruption was similar to past eruptions in many ways. We find no evidence to support any human influence on Kīlauea Volcano.

Suggested Citation

Kauahikaua, J. and Trusdell, F., 2020, Have humans influenced volcanic activity on the lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano? A publication review: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1017, 17 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201017.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Geologic Record of Kīlauea Lower East Rift Zone Volcanic Activity
  • Probability, Frequency Estimates of Lava Inundation and Coverage in the LERZ
  • The Lava Flow Hazard Map
  • Geophysical Expressions of the Kīlauea LERZ
  • Earthquakes in the Kīlauea LERZ
  • Ground Deformation in the Kīlauea LERZ
  • Groundwater Studies in the Kīlauea LERZ
  • Conclusions
  • Acknowledgments
  • References

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Have humans influenced volcanic activity on the lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano? A publication review
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2020-1017
DOI 10.3133/ofr20201017
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Volcano Science Center
Description iv, 17
Country United States
State Hawaii
Other Geospatial Lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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