Fresh from volcanic eruptions in the Canary Islands and Italy, volcanologist Frank A. Perret came to Hawai‘i in 1911 at the request of Thomas A. Jaggar. After raising funds to establish a scientific observatory at Kīlauea Volcano in 1909, Jaggar himself was unable to immediately relocate to Hawai‘i. Although Jaggar is credited with founding the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory in 1912, it was Perret who, in 1911, actually set the stage for the next 100 years of continuous volcano monitoring. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Scientist-in-Charge Jim Kauahikaua will tell the story of Frank Perret and how his early observations of Kīlauea's lava lakes and fountains are relevant to today's summit eruption.
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