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Scientists say volcano eruption is unpredictable

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: PART MUST CREDIT US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY++QUALITY AS INCOMING++ASSOCIATED PRESSHilo, Hawaii – 30 November 20221. STILL A man looks on as lava erupts from Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcanoASSOCIATED PRESSHilo, Hawaii – 29 November 20222. STILL Lava flows down the mountain from the Mauna Loa eruption,ANNOTATION: Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano began erupting on Sunday, but scientists say they can't predict how long the eruption will last.USGS – MUST CREDIT US GEOLOGICAL SURVEYHawaii – 2 December 20223. SOUNDBITE (English) David Phillips, Hawaii Volcano Observatory: ++PARTIALLY COVERED++"You know, we have fur fissures so far. We had one and two and three and four. And so at this time, one, two and four are inactive. So we just have the three. And that's and that's consistent with previous Mauna Loa eruptions in terms of the timing. And obviously that's a great question and we're certainly wondering that ourselves. There's no clear way to make any kind of forecast in terms of that. Based on what we're seeing right now, we can look to the past and like you suggested, Mauna Loa eruptions. Some of them have lasted a long time. But certainly the more recent historical ones, 1984 or a lot of people have noticed there are similarities to the 1984 eruption that lasted just a little over three weeks."++ENDS ON SOUNDBITE++STORYLINE:Scientists say it's not possible to forecast how long the eruption at Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano will last.David Phillips of the Hawaii Volcano Observatory notes that the previous eruption in 1984 lasted a little over three weeks. But he notes that other eruptions have been shorter or much longer."There's no clear way to make any kind of forecast," he saidVolcanic flows pose a potential future threat to a main artery on Hawaii's Big Island but are currently still several miles (kilometers) away and not a danger to any communities. That means onlookers can take in the spectacle while exposing themselves to little danger. Tourists and locals are in the crowds, many snapping photos and taking selfies.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
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