Watching a Big Island Volcano – from Oahu?

THE BIG ISLAND (Ben Caxton) — Can a volcano observatory still observe a volcano if it’s not even on the same island? The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory may test the theory. The observatory’s offices inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park were badly damaged from Kilauea volcanic crater collapses last year. Last week they revealed that the USGS is considering options to rebuild, including a moves to a new site outside of the park at the University of Hawaii Hilo campus, or even to a site on Oahu. The Oahu site reportedly is the favored option as other federal government agencies would be nearby. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory was actually built on the volcano rim more than a century ago before Hawaii Volcanoes National Park even existed.

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