July 27, 1996 |
A swarm of strong earthquakes indicates that the underwater volcano Loihi might be erupting, scientists say. Seismographs at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have recorded more than 1,500 tremors on the volcano during the past week. While the tremors could mean Loihi is erupting, seismologist Paul Okubo and other scientists said it also could indicate a large movement of the flank of the volcano caused by a shifting fault zone.
June 26, 1989
A large underwater earthquake shook Hawaii Island, collapsing one house at Kalapana, causing landslides north of Hilo and generating a small tidal wave, according to authorities and residents. No injuries were reported from the quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. The earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.5, was centered eight miles off the island's southeastern coast, near an underwater volcano named Loihi, said Bruce Turner, a geophysicist at the warning center in Honolulu.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1987 |
'The slow constant seepage of molten rock was not violently dramatic. Layer upon layer of the earth's vital core would creep out, hiss horribly at the cold sea water, then slide down the sides of the little mountains that were forming.' James A. Michener, "Hawaii" Off the Hawaiian Islands, scientists are getting one of their closest views yet of the earth 3.5 billion years ago, a time when volcanoes dominated the planet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1990 |
Scientists plan to install a $4-million observatory on an underwater volcano, complete with cameras, microphones and seismometers to monitor the gradual birth of the next Hawaiian island. University of Hawaii researchers hope the Hawaiian Undersea Geo-Observatory will be in place on Loihi seamount within two years, using its instruments to study earthquakes and eruptions, geology and geophysics professor Fred K. Duennebier said last week.
May 17, 2000 |
An undersea volcano off the coast of Samoa recently started erupting and is billowing "smoggy" water for several miles, scientists reported Tuesday. The volcano, Vailuluiu, is 28 miles east of Taiu Island, on the eastern side of Samoa. It rises 16,400 feet from the ocean bottom and reaches to within 2,000 feet of the surface. Scientists at the Scripps and Woods Hole institutes of oceanography suspected the volcano might be active after a swarm of earthquakes was reported at the volcano in 1995.
January 6, 1988 |
"The Infinite Voyage," which appears to be the most costly and solemn science series since "Cosmos," is a three-year-long celebration, airing quarterly, of scientific discovery and exploration. Funded by Digital Equipment Corp., it is appearing on both PBS and commercial television. The second program, "To the Edge of the Earth," airs tonight on PBS (8 p.m. on Channels 28, 15 and 24, 9 p.m. on Channel 50) and Monday night on KTTV Channel 11.