Satellite Imagery for Mauna Loa Seismic Activity

14 06 2007

Using a state-of-the-art satellite imagery technique, researchers are able to more precisely predict volcanic activity, bringing them steps closer to understanding where an eruption may occur.

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A new research study, titled “Stress Control of Deep Rift Intrusion at

Mauna Loa Volcano, Hawaii,” uses satellite imagery to study volcanic

activity at Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii. With this new technique, researchers can more precisely forecast locations of volcanic activity — providing critical information to improve warning systems and hazard assessment of populated areas surrounding one of the world’s most naturally dangerous ecosystems, volcanoes. The study was published in the May 18 issue of the journal Science.

Researchers are studying Mauna Loa because it’s the largest and one of the most active volcanoes on Earth.

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This image of the Mauna Loa volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii shows the capability of imaging radar to map lava flows and other volcanic structures. Mauna Loa has erupted more than 35 times since the island was first visited by westerners in the early 1800s. The large summit crater, called Mokuaweoweo Caldera, is clearly visible near the center of the image. (Image: NASA/JPL)

Note: This story has been adapted from a news release issued by University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science. Via Science Daily.

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20 08 2010
Rodney Howard Browne

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24 08 2010
David Barton

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