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It's been nearly a year since Kīlauea erupted on the Big Island's lower East Rift Zone. The event destroyed more than 700 structures and displaced hundreds, if not thousands, of residents. Scientists are still studying the eruption, but they think they know what did, and didn't, cause it.

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Hawaiian Volcano Observatory recently put out a preliminary lava thickness map, based on last summer’s Kilauea lava flow. They’ve created similar maps before, but mostly for official publications. Now this map is on the HVO web site.

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Over the past several months, the destructive eruption of Kilauea claimed some 700 structures and displaced entire communities. The lava activity has also opened the doors to research never before collected with the help of drones and undersea robotics.

USGS Volcanologist  Wes Thelen explains what is behind the pause in the lava eruption and what may come next.