Professor Gives Update on Hawaii Volcano Eruption in Interview
May 16, 2018
Last week, volcanologist Steve Anderson, a professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science at UNC, was interviewed by Discovery Channel's Daily Planet magazine about his research on the erupting Hawaii Kilauea volcano.
Over the years, Anderson, and fellow researchers including UNC graduate students, have closely observed the Kilauea lava lake dropping further into the ground.
Above: A close-up view of the crater's lava lake that Anderson took during research he conducted on Kilauea in 2013.
Such activity increases the potential for groundwater to pour into the system, which could generate more big explosions, Anderson says.
Anderson, who was recently at Kilauea volcano, also discussed other impacts of the eruption on nearby communities including lava flows, ballistic projectiles and noxious gases.