How Scientists Are Measuring The Speed Of Lava In Hawaii

September 18, 2014 2:22 AM

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How Scientists Are Measuring The Speed Of Lava In Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) -- Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring every twist and turn of lava creeping unpredictably toward communities in a rural and isolated Big Island district.

Their work can be dangerous and includes frequent flyovers in a helicopter, navigating precarious terrain and taking careful data measurements to give the public an accurate picture of the lava's progress.

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