Did heavy rain trigger Kilauea’s eruption? It’s complicated

For about three months, the volcano released as much lava as it normally produces in 10 to 20 years

Kilauea volcano

Two scientists have argued that weeks of heavy rainfall may have triggered volcanic activity at Kilauea in 2018, marked by new fissures opening and sending lava shooting into the air (one fissure shown on May 22).


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