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Daily updates about ongoing eruptions, recent images and videos of summit and East Rift Zone volcanic activity, maps, and data about recent earthquakes in Hawaii are posted on the HVO website. 

Volcano Watch is a weekly article and activity update written by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and colleagues.

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Date published: September 29, 2020

Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - September 29, 2020

Videos of the water lake at Kīlauea's summit

Date published: September 28, 2020

New article — From Lava to Water: A New Era at Kīlauea

Last year at Kīlauea Volcano, water appeared within the summit caldera where a lava lake had been for the previous decade. This piece covers the reliance on Unoccupied Aircraft Systems (UAS) for sampling the lake water, the growth and significance of the new water lake, and implications for future eruptive activity at Kīlauea's summit. 

Date published: September 25, 2020

Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - September 23, 2020

Views of Kīlauea's growing summit water lake; Sulfur Banks and Steam Vents; gravity survey at Kīlauea summit

Date published: September 24, 2020

Volcano Watch — HVO’s new website is more accessible and mobile-friendly

You may have seen the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory’s “Caldera Chronicles” article about their new-and-improved website, in which they hint at a change coming to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s (HVO) website, too. It’s...

Date published: September 18, 2020

Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - September 18, 2020

Vibrant color variations at Kīlauea's summit water lake

Date published: September 17, 2020

Volcano Watch — HVO camera network reconfiguration and upgrades coming soon!

Over the past two decades, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has set up a camera network system to monitor visual changes at Kīlauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes. This network was designed for the volcanic activity of the time and captured the two long-lived eruptions of Kīlauea at the summit and East Rift Zone up close.

Date published: September 15, 2020

Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - September 15, 2020

Continued slow rise of water in Halema‘uma‘u

Date published: September 10, 2020

Volcano Watch — On the surface of Kīlauea's new landscape, a story is told

Kīlauea's 2018 summit collapse dramatically transformed the geometry and appearance of Halema‘uma‘u crater and Kīlauea caldera. Last week's "Volcano Watch" article described how the 2018 events impacted the magma plumbing system beneath the surface of Kīlauea's summit. This week, we'll explore how the...

Date published: September 8, 2020

New USGS Data Release - Campaign GPS measurements on the Island of Hawai‘i collected by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory in 2019

The USGS has recently published a "Campaign GPS measurements on the Island of Hawai‘i collected by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory in 2019." This data release includes all 2019 campaign survey GPS sites on Kīlauea and Mauna Loa on the Island of Hawai‘i; it also includes semi-permanent stations in Kīlauea's Middle...

Date published: September 8, 2020

New USGS Data Release - Sulfur dioxide emission rates from Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaii, 2008-2013

The USGS has recently published a data release that completes the 1979–2018 sulfur dioxide emission rate record for Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaii. Kīlauea Volcano on the Island of Hawai‘i, has one of the longest running volcanic sulfur dioxide gas (SO2) emission rate records in the world.