Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Recovery Activities

Building a New Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

The HVO, perched on the rim of Kīlauea Volcano’s summit caldera in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, sustained damage owing to ground deformation and repeated earthquakes associated with the collapse of the summit crater during the eruptive activity at Kīlauea.


HVO in Hawaii

HVO in Hawaii 

(Public domain.)


  • The USGS will build a permanent HVO facility in Hilo based upon mission requirements, costs, benefits, and risks.
  • Volcanic hazards for the new facility in Hilo will be much lower than reestablishment at Kīlauea’s summit.




Brian Wachter

Acting Chief
Office of Management Services, Administration
Phone: 703-648-7925

Aimee Devaris

Regional Director
Region 11: Alaska
Phone: 907-786-7091