Coupling of Hawaiian volcanoes only during overpressure condition

Manoochehr Shirzaei, Thomas R. Walter, Roland Bürgmann

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Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes, Hawaii, are thought to be coupled by pore pressure diffusion through an asthenospheric melt layer. However, abundant observations of independent activity of these volcanoes suggest a more complicated relationship. Here we analyze surface deformation data, deep seismicity and gas measurements, to reveal strong coupling of these volcanoes between 2003 and 2008. In early 2005, we find a shift from anticorrelation to correlation of magma-chamber inflation. The shift is preceded by a seismic swarm in the mantle beneath Mauna Loa and accompanied by a large silent slip event beneath the south flank of Kilauea. This suggests that these volcanoes are coupled during mantle-driven surges and that the 2005 silent slip event was triggered by accelerated magma supply at Kilauea.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1994-1999
Number of pages6
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 28 2013


  • Hawaiâ€μi Island
  • InSAR time series
  • time-dependent modeling
  • volcano coupling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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