Hawaii Volcano Observatory Getting New Equipment

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HONOLULU (AP)—The U.S. Geological Survey will invest millions of dollars in Hawaii for volcano monitoring under the economic stimulus package.

Hawaii Democratic Sens. Daniel Akaka and Daniel Inouye said Friday that as home to Kilauea, Hawaii knows how critically important volcano monitoring is.

The senators note it was only 25 years ago that a Mauna Loa eruption ended after sending lava to within 4 miles of Hilo.

They say the funding is significant because Hawaii needs to know what its volcanoes are doing in order to prepare for eruptions, lava, vog, earthquakes and other disasters.

In all, the USGS will spend some $15 million to modernize equipment at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on the Big Island and at four other volcano observatories.