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plate tectonics hawaii - Vol 11 Issue 106 Sunday Hawaiian...

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Vol. 11, Issue 106 - Sunday, April 16, 2006 Hawaiian waters 'natural laboratory' for quake research By Helen Altonn [email protected] Thousands of small earthquakes occur every year under the Big Island without much notice, except by scientists trying to understand them better. "There are lots of little earthquakes that don't hurt anybody," said Cecily Wolfe, geophysicist/seismologist at the University of Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. They provide "a wonderful natural laboratory" for seismologists worldwide to study earthquakes and fault zones and how they interact with volcanoes, she said. Wolfe is collaborating with Paul Okubo, geophysicist/seismologist at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaii Volcano Observatory, on projects to learn more about the causes and structure of local earthquakes. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake led to great advances in understanding what happened along the San Andreas Fault and how fault zones occur, Wolfe said.
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STAR-BULLLETIN / 1951 A damaged house in Kealia. 1868 earthquake considered Hawaii's worst The most destructive Hawaii earthquake occurred on April 2, 1868, causing 81 deaths, destroying more than 100 homes and generating a tsunami along Kilauea's south coast. It was estimated at 7.9 magnitude based on the effects reported at the
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