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NOVA: Kilauea: Hawaiʻi On Fire

Local resident Stacy Welch approaching Fissure 9 on the road she lived on. Hawai'i 2018
Courtesy of Tom Stubberfield Atlantic Productions / WGBH
Local resident Stacy Welch approaching Fissure 9 on the road she lived on. Hawai'i 2018

Airs Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 9:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Journey to Hawai'i's Kilauea volcano, which sent rivers of lava through communities and into the sea when it erupted in 2018.

Thousands of Hawaiian residents were uprooted when Kīlauea volcano erupted.

This frightening spike in Kīlauea’s activity transformed parts of the island paradise into a roaring inferno, spewing rock and causing massive destruction.

In "Kilauea: Hawaiʻi On Fire," NOVA follows scientists and local residents as they head underground to investigate the geological cause of the eruption.

Along the way, discover how Hawaiʻi’s distinctive volcanoes formed in the first place, and what they tell us about the future of the island chain.

Lava engulfing a road. Hawaiʻi 2018
Courtesy of Tom Stubberfield Atlantic Productions / WGBH
Lava engulfing a road. Hawaiʻi 2018

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Smoke and lava seen in the distance through trees. Hawai'i 2018
Courtesy of Tom Stubberfield Atlantic Productions / WGBH
Smoke and lava seen in the distance through trees. Hawai'i 2018