Hawaii's youngest volcano has been erupting non-stop for exactly ten-thousand days, or about twenty-seven years.
The milestone was highlighted by the National Park Service with hands-on scientific demonstrations. Members of the USGS performed data-collecting exercises at the Devastation Trail lookout.
For the nearly thirty years since the 1983 eruption, research has been conducted in and around this highly active crater. A one time one-time today took place at what is now a prohibited area to the public.
In February of 2008 scientists discovered levels sulfur dioxide were rising, the National Park Service decided to close the area for safety's sake. Thirty days later, the crater erupted.