Hawaiian Volcano Observatory


HVO monitors the active volcanoes in Hawaii, assesses their hazards, issues warnings, and advances scientific understanding to reduce impacts of volcanic eruptions. 

Recent Kīlauea Eruption Information


Date published: October 21, 2021

Volcano Watch — The Canary Islands “mega-tsunami” hypothesis, and why it doesn’t carry water

The recent eruption on La Palma, in the Canary Islands, has stimulated speculation that the volcano might collapse, creating a tsunami that would devastate the east coast of North and South America. But is such a scenario possible or likely?

Date published: October 21, 2021

Great Hawai‘i ShakeOut earthquake drill today at 10:21 a.m. HST

The Great Hawai‘i ShakeOut earthquake drill takes place today at 10:21 a.m. Practice "Drop, Cover, and Hold on."

Date published: October 20, 2021

Photo and Video Chronology – Kīlauea – October 20, 2021

The ongoing eruption at Kīlauea's summit began at 3:21 p.m. HST on September 29, 2021. Lava activity is currently confined within Halema'uma'u crater. Gas emissions and seismic activity at the summit remain elevated. HVO field crews—equipped with specialized safety gear—monitor the eruption from within the closed area of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park with NPS permission.

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