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Volcanoes get quiet before they erupt


June 23, 2016

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Until now, there has not been a way to forecast eruptions of restless volcanoes because of the constant seismic activity and gas and steam emissions. Carnegie Institution for Science volcanologist Diana Roman and her team have shown that periods of seismic quiet occur immediately before eruptions and can be used to forecast an eruption. The duration of the silence can indicate the level of energy that will be released. Longer quiet periods mean a bigger bang.Full Story

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Carnegie Institution for Science

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