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Date published: April 11, 2018

New USGS report summarizes 2016 lava lake activity at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano.

A new USGS Scientific Investigation Report describes 2016 lava lake activity, including lake surface textures and appearance, surface motion, explosions, outgassing and most aspects of the spattering behavior. 

Date published: April 2, 2018

April 1-30 is Tsunami Awareness Month in Hawai‘i.

Throughout the month, Federal, State, and Local government agencies, the Pacific Tsunami Museum, and other organizations will offer outreach events to increase awareness of Hawaii's tsunami hazards.

Date published: March 27, 2018

USGS scientist talks about his work at Halema'uma'u Crater for USGS Volcanoes Facebook Live event.

For the 10th anniversary of Kīlauea Volcano's summit eruption, USGS–Hawaiian Volcano Observatory research geologist Matt Patrick talks about his work monitoring the lava lake in the Halema'uma'u Crater.

Date published: March 26, 2018

Report provides volcanological context for 19th century artwork.

In this new USGS Open-File Report, artwork is matched with the approximate date and volcanological context of the scene, showing eruptions at Kīlauea and Mauna Loa in the late 19th century.

Date published: March 16, 2018

Photo and Video Chronology - Mauna Loa - March 16, 2018

On March 14, HVO's webcam [MLcam] captured this image of a double rainbow.

Date published: March 13, 2018

New USGS publication: Operational tracking of lava lake surface motion at Kīlauea Volcano, Hawai‘i

This study implements the first continuous, real-time operational routine for tracking lava lake surface motion, applying the technique to the persistent lava lake at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano.

Date published: February 1, 2018

New USGS fact sheet provides information on volcanic air pollution in Hawaii.

Volcanic Air Pollution Hazards in Hawaii is an updated fact sheet that provides information on the science of Kīlauea's volcanic air pollution, known as "vog."

Date published: January 31, 2018

New USGS Video: Kīlauea Summit Eruption | Lava Returns to Halema‘uma‘u

A 24-minute USGS video recounts the eruptive history of Halema'uma'u and tells the story of Kīlauea Volcano's current summit eruption, from its start in 2008 through today.

Date published: January 22, 2018

Lapse in Appropriations

"During the current lapse in appropriations U.S. volcano observatories including the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory will continue to monitor volcanic activity and issue updates, warnings, and notifications through the usual channels, including this website, email, and news releases." 

Date published: December 28, 2017

Volcano Watch - Happy birthday Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō! A look back at what happened in 2017

On January 3, 2018, Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō on Kīlauea Volcano's East Rift Zone reaches its 35th birthday. 

Date published: December 21, 2017

Volcano Watch - Evolving tube network blocked and diverted lava from the Kamokuna delta

Lava erupting from the active vent on the east flank of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō has not entered the ocean or reached the Kamokuna lava delta during the past month. Instead, small lava flows are scattered across the 61g flow field, breaking out from the lava-tube network between Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō and the coastal plain.

Date published: December 18, 2017

USGS volcanologists conduct volcanic crisis training in Chester, CA

It isn't often that scientists and land managers spend two entire days together talking about volcanoes outside of an eruptive crisis, but a special FEMA training course allows them to do just that.