Geologists say they’ve confirmed the existence of a previously unknown large, deep magma chamber below Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. The discovery offers new insight into the largely unknown internal plumbing of volcanoes, scientists at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science reported Wednesday.

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January 30, 2013HAWAIIGeologists say they’ve confirmed the existence of a previously unknown large, deep magma chamber below Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. The discovery offers new insight into the largely unknown internal plumbing of volcanoes, scientists at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science reported Wednesday. The finding at the world’s most active volcano is the first geophysical observation that large magma chambers exist in the deeper parts of a volcano system, they said. The scientists analyzed seismic waves moving through the volcano to understand the internal structure of the volcanic system, finding a lava chamber at least a mile in diameter and located at a depth of 5 miles to 6.8 miles. “It was known before that Kilauea had small, shallow magma chambers,” geologists and lead study author Guoqing Lin said. “This study is the first geophysical observation that large magma chambers exist…

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