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Kilauea quakes may herald lava breakout, scientists say

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Hawaii, USA

June 18, 2007

HILO, Hawai'i — Hundreds of small earthquakes that suggest magma is on the move under the surface of Kilauea Volcano sent scientists and national park officials scrambling yesterday, and prompted the rare closure of most of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.
Eleven campers and some livestock were evacuated from portions of the park as rangers monitored the unusual earthquake activity for signs of a shift in the ongoing Kilauea eruption.
Scientists said the tremors could be followed by a new surface breakout of lava.
Live panorama webcam of Pu`u `O`o vents, Kilauea Volcano.
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