A special series of programs presented at the park's Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium, Tuesdays at 7 pm.
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During large earthquakes, the flanks of Hawai`i's great volcanoes, pushed outward by gravity and magma pressure, sometimes lurch seaward. Large earthquakes, similar to the one in Kalapana in 1975, can produce tsunami waves more than 45 feer high. Join Gerard Fryer, a geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, to learn how local tsunamis form and how the PTWC intends to send a warning within minutes. Learn about mega-tsunamis, produce by gigantic landslides and reaching as high as a thousand feet, and why they're unlikely until after the next ice age.
The colorful pageant of Hawaiian birds that fills our forests with song is today imperiled by disease and changes to their habitat. Join biologist Thane Pratt who unveils the remarkable new book, Conservation Biology of Hawaiian Forest Birds, which he co-edited with Carter Atkinson, Paul Banko, James Jacobi and Bethany Lee Woodworth. Learn more about unique Hawaiian birds, the challenges to their survival and the heroic actions and innovative strategies taken by conservationists to turn the tide of extinction for our native birdlife.
Dr. Stephen Hammond, Chief Scientist of NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, shares exciting findings and discusses the physical, chemical, and biological impacts of submarine volcanic activity.
USGS Senior Research Geologist (Emeritus) and former Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Scientist-in-Charge Bob Tilling highlights the historical development of the theory and how Hawaiian eruptions fit into the big picture of global plate tectonics.
Volcanologist Mike Poland of the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory explores the possible causes and discusses how Kilauea's summit eruption might evolve in the months and years to come.
Join Michi Kodama-Nishimoto and Warren Nishimoto of the University of Hawai`i-Manoa as they share the lives of Hawai`i Island residents--a Kona coffee farmer, former sugar plantation workers, a Kona rancher, and Native Hawaiians who worked the land and fished the waters in the old Hawaiian style.
Quince Mento, Civil Defense Administrator, demystifies the roles and responsibilities of the Hawai`i County Civil Defense Agency in planning and coordinating prompt and effective action in disaster situations.
Mike Poland, geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, explores the many tools used to monitor active volcanoes and how applying multiple tools can lead to entirely new insights into how Hawaiian volcanoes work.
Matt Patrick, geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, offers an overview of Kilauea's summit eruption with an in-depth survey of volcanic processes occurring within the vent.