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Thursday 6th November 2014


Hawaii | Kilauea | Volcanicity | Eruption | Response

Read the BBC News in pictures article on the current eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, possibly the most active volcano on earth.

Suggested student tasks

  1. Identify cause, effects and responses from the article.
  2. Where is Pahoa?  Source a map of Pahoa.  How far away is the Kilauea volcano?
  3. What is the speed of the front of the lava flow?
  4. Explain why people live in areas of volcanic activity such as Pahoa.
  5. Write a diary extract for an inhabitant of the Hawaiin village of Pahoa.

A video of the current eruption from the Pu'u O'o vent of the Kilauea volcano and further details are available here.  This article could be used with KS4 students or more able KS3 students.

This USGS image from the 1990 eruption could also be used as a starter image to generate discussion.  The lack of panic from the people gives a useful indication as to the slow speed of the lava flow.  It also shows an attempt to stop the lava flow by cooling with water.



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