Why are there so many devastating volcanic eruptions right now?

Why are there so many devastating volcanic eruptions right now?
Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is causing major damage

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is causing major damage

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First Hawaii, where the Kilauea volcano has been spewing lava and ash for more than a month. Then Guatemala, where the Volcan del Fuego volcano erupted with huge and lethal force on Sunday. But did one cause the other?

At least 75 deaths have been confirmed in Guatemala and 200 remain missing, while at least 80 houses have been destroyed in Hawaii. Given the scenes of devastation, people could be forgiven for thinking that a chain reaction of catastrophic volcanic activity is upon us.

But volcanologists …

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