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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, January 2, 2010

Kilauea eruption marks 27th anniversary tomorrow

Advertiser Staff

When Kïlauea began its most current eruption, Ronald Reagan was in the first of two terms as president of the United States, the country was in the midst of a brief but damaging recession and Michael Jackson was months away from introducing his signature “moonwalk.”

Reagan and Jackson have passed on and a new recession is proving far more formidable than any in recent memory, but Kïlauea’s eruption shows no sign of weakening.
Sunday marks the 27th anniversary of the Kïlauea eruption, which, as the U.S. Geological Survey notes, has ignited forest fires, destroyed subdivisions and towns, displaced small populations and blocked roads while at the same time extending the Big Island’s land mass and attracting millions of photo-happy tourists.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is marking the occasion with a month of volcano awareness and education activities. A complete listing is available on the HVO Web site (http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov).
Lava continues to spread from the TEB vent on the volcano’s east rift zone, flowing through lava tubes to the ocean west of Kalapana, according to the service.