Hawaii’s most famous volcano is also its most dangerous. The worst part? Seattle sits on the same “Ring of Fire” as this volcano. The slow, continuous bubbling of lava out of Hawaii’s Kilauea has destroyed infrastructure over the years, but Smithsonian geologist Richard Fiske says there’s more to the picture. Along with the Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Fiske has been analyzing years of data on Kilauea’s activities. Over the past 1,500 years, Kilauea has had numerous explosive eruptions — six of these carried ash higher than a jet plane’s altitude. In fact, the volcano’s 1790 eruption remains the single most lethal eruption from a U.S. volcano–and Fiske’s studies shed light on the activities of large shield volcanoes and the nasty threat they pose.
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Feature photo credit: National Park Service, photo by D.W. Peterson.