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Recent Earthquakes in Hawaii

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While looking at the recent quakes in Nepal and Papua New Guinea, as well as the submerged volcano off of Washington State, it is worth observing that the Big Island here in Hawaii is showing increased geologic activity, with the level of lava inside Kilauea rising to record heights, and along with it, a swarm of quakes inside Kilauea itself, down along Chain of Craters Road, and a new set moving southwest from Kilauea.

A lot of attention has been focused on the fragile nature of the west flank of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on Las Palmas, in which a large slab of mountain has slipped downward indicating a fracture zone inside the mountain itself. It is feared that a major eruption could dislodge that mass of rock and debris and plunge it into the Atlantic, causing a massive tsunami to strike the east coast of North America. More than a few TV shows have focused on this.

Lesser known is that Hawaii has a similar situation on the south flank of the Big Island, in which a fissure has opened up and the land south of it has moved towards the ocean. Admittedly slight, and with little recent movement, it does indicate a weakness. Examination of the debris on the ocean floor around the islands as well as obviouis scars from breakage such as the Napali on Kauai and Pali on Oahu prove that in geological times, large sections of the Hawaiian islands have broken off and plunged into the Pacific, creating massive tsunamis. Small lava "benches" at the shoreline break off all the time.

The new series of quakes extending to the southwest of Kilauea are going into the rift zone. This bears watching.

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