Water pond in Halema‘uma‘u

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HVO geophysicist Jim Kauahikaua discusses the water pond in Halema‘uma‘u and what it means.

pond of water in Halema‘uma‘ crater

Water pond in Halema‘uma‘u August 18, 2019. The water level continues to slowly rise in Halema‘uma‘u, drowning many of the small rocks that were previously exposed in the center of the pond. Ripples across the water surface were evident today. The color of the water ranged from semi-translucent blue to opaque green-yellow in the western part of the pond.

(Credit: Matthew. Patrick, USGS. Public domain.)

HVO geophysicist Jim Kauahikaua discusses the water pond in Halema‘uma‘u and what it means in this 19-minute "Island Conversations" interview recently aired on Hawaiʻi radio stations. He also talks about the status of both Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, neither of which is erupting. Listen to the full interview at B93/B97 or Big Island Video News, which includes a transcription.