USGS HVO Press Release — Current status of Hawai‘i Island's volcanoes presented in Kona

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Hawai‘i ISLAND, Hawai‘i – The current status of Hawai‘i Island's active volcanoes and how they are monitored will be the topic of a Volcano Awareness Month program in Kailua-Kona on Wednesday, January 11.

Mike Poland, a volcanologist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, will talk about Kīlauea, Mauna Loa, Hualālai, and Mauna Kea in an informative and engaging presentation in the Kealakehe High School Cafeteria, 74-5000 Puuhulihuli Street, in Kailua. A campus map is online at His talk, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:00 p.m. 

Hawai‘i Island is home to five volcanoes, four of which have erupted within the past 10,000 years. Poland will provide updates on the status of these "active" volcanoes, with particular focus on recent events on Kīlauea, which has been erupting almost continuously since 1983. He will also talk about how HVO scientists monitor Hawai‘i's active volcanoes. 

According to Poland, Hawaiian volcanoes are among the best-monitored volcanoes in the world. "Since its founding in 1912, HVO has been at the forefront of developing, testing, and implementing cutting-edge monitoring tools and techniques," he said. Poland's presentation will include an overview of the state-of-the-art techniques now used by HVO to track magma movement within the currently erupting Kīlauea and to watch for changes within the presently-quiet Mauna Loa, Hualālai, and Mauna Kea. 

This presentation is one of many programs offered by HVO during Hawai‘i Island's third annual Volcano Awareness Month (January 2012), and in celebration of HVO's 100th anniversary. For more information about Poland's talk, and other HVO Centennial and Volcano Awareness Month events, please visit the HVO website at or call (808) 967-8844.

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