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Date published: February 22, 2019

The 2018 rift eruption and summit collapse of Kīlauea Volcano

2018 Kīlauea lower East Rift Zone eruption and calderal collapse described in Science paper.

Date published: February 22, 2019

USGS Fact Sheet "Volcanic Air Pollution Hazards in Hawaiʻi" wins award

USGS Fact Sheet, written by HVO scientists, won the 2018 Shoemaker Award for Communications Product Excellence for the Small Print category.

Date published: February 19, 2019

Volcano Awareness Month

January 2019 is Hawaiʻi Island's 10th annual Volcano Awareness Month.

Date published: January 28, 2019

Yellowstone — the year 2018 in review

Yellowstone Caldera Chronicles is a weekly column written by scientists and collaborators of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. This week's contribution is from Michael Poland, geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey and Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory.

Date published: January 18, 2019

Update on January 2019 Volcano Awareness Month Presentations

Due to the lapse in appropriations, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists are unable to present public lectures as planned.

Date published: January 6, 2019

Update on January 2019 Volcano Awareness Month Presentations

Due to the lapse in appropriations, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists are unable to present lectures as planned. 

Date published: December 21, 2018

We continue to monitor and report on volcanic activity during any lapse in appropriations.

During the current federal government shutdown, the Volcano Hazard Program and all five U.S. Volcano Observatories will continue to issue updates, warnings, and notifications through the usual channels, including websites, email, and social media. 

Date published: December 19, 2018

Which U.S. volcanoes pose a threat?

USGS Volcanic Threat Assessment updates the 2005 rankings.

Date published: December 10, 2018

A closer look at the 2017 Maple Creek earthquake swarm

In June of 2017, an earthquake swarm began beneath the western edge of Yellowstone National Park, just east of Hebgen Lake. This swarm proved to be one of the more persistent swarms observed in Yellowstone, with the main episode lasting more than 3 months and producing thousands of recorded earthquakes.

Date published: October 25, 2018

Volcanic threat assessment helps prioritize risk reduction efforts at U.S. volcanoes

The U.S. Geological Survey assesses active and potentially active volcanoes in the U.S., focusing on history, hazards and the exposure of people, property and infrastructure to harm during an eruption. The findings are in the newly published 2018 Update to the U.S. Geological Survey National Volcanic Threat Assessment.

Date published: October 15, 2018

GeoGirls Rock! USGS women encourage and support the next generation of scientists

Mount St. Helens volcano loomed in the distance as 25 middle-school “GeoGirls” signed in, received a name tag, dropped their overnight gear and gathered in a grassy open space to meet camp staff, women scientists and volunteers.