Asked by Foster Schroeder in VolcanoesScience
Who is in charge of monitoring Kilauea volcano?
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Kilauea is an volcano in California Florida Hawaii or Texas?
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Is kilauea a composite volcano?
No. Kilauea is a shield volcano. Kilauea is a traditiional shield style volcano erupting very flowable basaltic magma. The volcano is one of the most studied and documented of any on the planet due to the ease of studying it during an eruption. The volcano erupts normally in a very placid style of spectacular lava flows across its surface. Altough Kilauea has posed a serious risk of property in the past it is often times able to outrun a lava flow from this volcano on foot at simply a brief walk. Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory is in charge of monitoring the volcano and has daily updates on the current eruptive conditions and changes within the volcano. A composite volcano on the other hand is of the style of Mt. St. Helens and erupts more often than not in a very explosive fashion.