Kilauea Eruption May Help Scientists Solve Lava Mystery

The volcano has the potential to turn deadly.
Kilauea lava, as seen in August 2017.
01_03_kilauea_lava_flow Source: NPS/Janice Wei

With very little fanfare, an American volcano has been erupting for almost 35 years. For a record-breaking phenomenon, researchers are taking the activity at Hawaii's Kilauea remarkably in stride—for now.

"This is pretty normal for the past couple decades," Carolyn Parcheta, a geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey's , told . "We don't expect the eruption overall to end any time soon." Right now, the decades-long eruption, through a vent known as Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, is the longest known modern event, she added, but there's geological evidence of a previous flow that lasted about

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