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Ash from Hawaii's Big Island won't blow to the Valley

Courtesy: Linda Smith

For weeks Hawaii's Big Island has produced earthquakes, volcanic activity and now Mount Kilauea has belched ash miles into the sky.

But a geography professor at Fresno City College believes all those components won't have an impact on the Valley in the days ahead.

Lava is still flowing on the Big Island and the ground is venting and sending up gas. Now plumes of ash have climbed to 20-thousand feet.

The Big Island is 2350 miles away from California's coastline and we asked professor Jeannine Koshear is there's a chance we'll see ash in the Valley.

"Remember you're at the middle of the Pacific and there's a lot of dilution that's gonna go before that hits any of the continental land masses.

Koshear is a scientist who not too long ago spent time on the Big Island. She says the magma in Hawaii is different when compared to what you see in the Pacific Northwest.

It flows more easily there and she says it's not as volatile. "This is a bit like syrup other than oatmeal. So the thicker magma that you have in our continental

areas tend to be much more explosive. So they get something like Mt. St. Helen's where you have a whole mountain exploding."

Koshear says all that seismic activity in Hawaii won't stir up anything our way. "Those are different from those along the San Andreas fault."

For two weeks people on the Big Island have lived in fear but 2500 miles away people in the Valley won't feel the ground shake or see ash in the air.


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