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April 2 presentation recounts volcanic history from Ka‘u to North Kona

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March 25, 2014 - 12:05am

The lava flows and volcanic landscapes along Mamalahoa and Queen Kaahumanu highways, from Ka‘u to North Kona, will be the focus of a public talk offered by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at the Ocean View Community Center.

Observatory scientist-in-charge Jim Kauahikaua and geologist Janet Babb will recount the volcanic history, stories, and impacts of volcanic features in a virtual road trip. The presentation will include photographs and sketches from the 1800s and 1900s and film from the Mauna Loa 1950 eruption, as well as images of how the flows and volcanic landscape appear today.

Kauahikaua and Babb are presenting their talk to remind people that Mauna Loa and Hualalai are active volcanoes that will erupt again.

For more information, visit hvo.wr.usgs.gov, email askHVO@usgs.gov or call 967-8844.

The Ocean View Community Center is located on Leilani Circle, off of Leilani Parkway. Leilani Parkway is accessible from Highway 11, near mile marker 78.