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Lava activity persists upslope

Hawaii County Civil Defense reported Friday morning that breakouts persist within the flow pad and along both margins of the flow, extending from about 8 miles upslope of the flow’s stalled leading edges to Kilauea Volcano’s Puu Oo vent.

Mauna Loa: Quiet for many years, but not to be forgotten

Over the past few months, Mauna Loa has shown subtle signs of stirring from its 31-year-long slumber (its most recent eruption began on March 25, 1984). The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has recorded numerous small earthquakes beneath Mauna Loa’s summit and western flank, and has detected slight expansion across Mokuaweoweo, the volcano’s summit caldera — signals that Mauna Loa should not be forgotten.

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Volcano watching on the other side of the world

If you were to drill a hole straight through Earth from Hawaii, you would eventually reach Botswana in Southern Africa. Not far from there — in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Madagascar — lies a little French island called La Reunion. And on the east side of this island is an active volcano named Piton de la Fournaise.