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Hawaiian Volcano Observatory


HI 96718

United States of America


The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) enjoys a world-wide reputation as a leader in the study of active volcanism. Due to their usually benign natures, Kilauea and Mauna Loa, the most active volcanoes on the Island of Hawai`i, can be studied up close in relative safety. While observations made by 19th-century missionaries and travelers constitute a large part of the early and colorful history of volcano watching in Hawai`i, HVO’s origins are rooted in a desire to use scientific methodology to understand the nature of volcanic processes and to reduce their risks to society.

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