Volcano Office Moves Again Awaiting Rebuild Money

THE BIG ISLAND (Ben Caxton) — The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory staff are just finish up yet another office move. The third since their long-time headquarters on the Kilauea volcano rim was made uninhabitable by last years eruptions on the Big Island. A bill earmarking over $72 million for repair and replacement of equipment and facilities from disasters in 2018 also includes money to build a new headquarters for the observatory in Hawaii. But the bill is still making its way through Congress. The 30 member staff is currently spread between two locations, a warehouse in Kea`au and a new location in the Hilo Ironworks Building. After already having to move because of a volcanic eruption the new location could be a cause for a concern. It’s located in a designated tsunami evacuation zone.

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