Kilauea magma measured

By Star-Advertiser staff

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 19, 2010

A college student who pinpointed the depth of Kilauea Volcano’s magma chamber says the finding could lead to better predictions of eruptions.

“Hawaii was already unique among volcanic systems, because it has such an extensive plumbing system, and the magma that erupts has a unique and variable chemical composition,” says Ohio State University undergraduate Julie Ditkof. “Now we know the chamber is at a shallow depth not seen anywhere else in the world.”

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