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Hawaii island observatory once again monitoring volcanoes, quakes


The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has resumed monitoring volcanoes and earthquakes following the power issues that plagued the Hawaii island facility after Tropical Storm Iselle, officials said Tuesday.

Although the instrument networks and computer systems weathered the Aug. 7 storm with relatively little damage, data from the U.S. Geological Survey outpost remained offline to the public for less than a week while replacement parts were ordered from the mainland.

During that time, earthquake-monitoring duties were delegated to the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo., while scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory took over scanning satellite imagery for any information about Hawaiian volcanoes.

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