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Volcano Awareness Month under way in Hawaii 8 January 2010

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January 2010 is Volcano Awareness Month in Hawaii. The USGS’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), in co-operation with Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii County Civil Defense, and the University of Hawaii at Hilo, has put together a rich and varied programme of events ‘to promote increased awareness of and respect for the volcanoes on which Hawaii’s residents live’.

The HVO website has links to further information about Volcano Awareness Month, including a complete overview (PDF) of the month’s events and activities, an at-a-glance Calendar (PDF), a list of events in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (PDF), details of evening talks (PDF), a Volcano Awareness Month Magazine (PDF) published by local newspapers, and Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi’s Proclamation (PDF) that set the whole thing going. Looks like it’s PDF awareness month in Hawaii as well.

As part of Volcano Awareness Month, the excellent Volcano Watch column available at Hawaii 24/7 and written by HVO scientists is looking beyond the science, at ‘how volcanoes have influenced and shaped human experience, as seen through the lens of literature, movies, and art’. This week the subject is the strong ties between volcanoes and religion.

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