Scientists investigate the Eruptions that Shook Hawaii in 2018

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20 January 2019
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Kilauea: Hawaii on Fire
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"Kilauea: Hawaii on Fire"
Premieres Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 9 PM ET on PBS
(Check your local listings)

        In May 2018 the Kilauea volcano erupted, obliterating neighborhoods with devastating force and uprooting thousands of local residents. It is Hawaii’s most destructive volcanic eruption in generations. How can one of the most beautiful places on Earth suddenly transform into a roaring inferno, sputtering molten lava and bombs of volcanic rock the size of refrigerators?
 
         On the ground in the early days of the eruption, NOVA joins scientists and residents alike on a breathtaking journey to investigate Kilauea’s recent spike in activity. Along the way, some of Hawaii’s biggest secrets are revealed: Why did these geologically distinctive volcanoes form in the middle of the Pacific? How did life establish itself on the remote islands? What does this tell us about the future of Hawaii? And what dangers yet lurk for the inhabitants of the island paradise?


 
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