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December 12, 2002

PubTalk 12/2002 — Hawai`i's Volcanoes—Never a Dull Moment

20 Years of Eruption at Kilauea and Waiting for Mauna Loa

by Don Swanson,Volcanologist, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

 

  • Kilauea's Pu'u O'o-Kupaianaha eruption, which began on January 3, 1983, is already the volcano's longest rift eruption in at least 600 years
  • Lava has destroyed 8 miles of highway and 189
August 10, 2002

Lava falling over sea cliff

Lava falling over sea cliff into water at western group of entries.

August 10, 2002

Close-up of lava falls and steam cloud

Close-up of lava falls and steam cloud generated by lava entering water.

August 9, 2002

Lava falls into sea from western two entries at Highcastle

Lava falls into sea from western two entries at Highcastle. Entry started within past several hours. Listen to the "plop, plop" sounds as lava drips hit water.

August 9, 2002

Lava dropping into the sea

Telephoto of lava dropping into the sea.

July 21, 2002

Lava spilling over the lip of Wilipe`a sea cliff

Close view of lava spilling over the lip of Wilipe`a sea cliff.

July 21, 2002

Wave crashing over lava

Close view of wave crashing over lava in the surf zone.

July 21, 2002

Lava spills over Wilipe`a sea cliff

Lava spills over Wilipe`a sea cliff and across boulders into the sea.

July 19, 2002

Lava cascades down sea cliff

Lava cascades down sea cliff on July 19, 2002, 3.5 hours after Mother's Day flow reached to the sea.

February 23, 2002

A`a lava flow on 23 February

 

A`a lava flow on 23 February

    Map of the northwestern U.S., showing the approximate locations of Yellowstone hotspot volcanic fields (orange) and Columbia Riv
    December 31, 2001

    Locations of Yellowstone hotspot volcanic fields

    Map of the northwestern U.S., showing the approximate locations of Yellowstone hotspot volcanic fields (orange) and Columbia River Basalts (gray). Boundary of Yellowstone National Park is shown in yellow. Modified from Barry et al. (GSA Special Paper 497, p. 45-66, 2013), Smith and Siegel (Windows into the Earth: the geologic story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National

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    Scientist from the USGS collects a gas sample into an evacuated/vac...
    September 15, 2001

    Scientist from the USGS collects a gas sample into an evacuated/vac...

    Scientist from the USGS collects a gas sample into an evacuated/vacuum flas from a steam vent near the Shoshone Geyser Basin.