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Why Volcanoes Erupt And What It Means When They Do

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Lava from a fissure slowly advanced to the northeast on Hoʻokāpu Street in Leilani Estates subdivision (May 5, 2018).";

Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea is continuing to erupt, sending gas and molten lava from the earth. The lava has destroyed property and raised health concerns related to its poisonous gases, and there are fears that the eruption may continue to get more violent in the coming days.

There is much that scientists understand about the mechanics of a volcano, but still plenty of answers yet to be found. George Stone is a retired professor of natural sciences at Milwaukee Area Technical College and he joins Lake Effect's Mitch Teich to talk about volcano science.

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