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Fissure 21 of the Kilauea volcano is seen on May 22, 2018, in the Leilani Estates subdivision of Pahoa, Hawaii. Ronit Fahl/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Did Heavy Rain Cause Hawaii's Historic Volcanic Eruption?

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Floods in Ellicott City, Maryland, pushed cars into a pile last May. This year has been a year of record rainfall for cities throughout the mid-Atlantic and Carolinas. The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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