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Eruption hits 10,000 day milestone

Published 22/05/2010 | 05:26

Smoke and ash pour from the main crater of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii's big Island (AP)
Smoke and ash pour from the main crater of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii's big Island (AP)

The world's longest continuously erupting volcano, which has become a major attraction for scientists and tourists since it became active in 1983, has marked a milestone.

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It was 10,000 days ago that Kilauea volcano began erupting on Hawaii's Big Island.

The superintendent of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Cindy Orlando, calls it "a biological and geological wonder".

The scientist-in-charge of the US Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Jim Kauahikaua, said it is one of the few eruptions that can be studied up close every day.

The east rift zone vent began erupting on January 3, 1983, and a summit vent has been erupting since March 19, 2008.

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