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Future Eruptions Around Craters of the Moon Lava Field


The Craters of the Moon volcanic field will erupt again, probably within the next few centuries if the recurrence interval of about 2,000 years is sustained. It is likely that the eruption will last several years or decades and possibly several centuries. The volcanic field is a volume predictable system, meaning that the volume of lava erupted is a function of the time elapsed since the last previous eruption. Therefore, the next eruption will probably produce about 5 km3 (1.5 mi3) of basaltic lava flows on the basis of the past volumetric eruption rate.