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Lava entering the ocean
June 26, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Ocean Entry

North facing view of the 1 km (0.6 mi) long ocean entry with multiple lobes of lava flowing into the sea.

June 26, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Remobilized Ash Plume

Recent explosive events haven't produced significant ash plumes from the summit, but downwind communities may still experience ashfall when previously erupted ash is remobilized. On authorized permission from Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, our Unmanned Aircraft Systems crew is conducting gas measurements at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō. They snapped this photograph from Chain of Craters

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Lava channels
June 26, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Braided Lava Channels

Lava within the braided portion of the fissure 8

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June 26, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Eruption Lava Flow Timelapse

A new video shows a timelapse of the lava flows erupted in Kīlauea's Lower East Rift Zone between May

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Webcam photo that shows a plume late at night.
June 26, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Webcam Plume

At 10:41 p.m. HST on June 26, after approximately 25 hours of elevated seismicity, a collapse explosion occurred at the summit producing an 

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Comparison of two photos
June 26, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano —

Comparison of photographs taken on June 13 and 26 from near Keanakāko'i Crater overlook in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park shows a subsidence scarp that formed as the Kīlauea Crater floor subsided. Scientists estimate the dramatic dropping of the crater floor in this area occurred sometime between June 23 and 26. The view is to the west. Halema‘uma‘u crater is in upper

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Looking down a lava channel at the sunrise
June 25, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Sunrise Over Lava Channel

Early morning view of the open lava channel during helicopter overflight of the lower East Rift Zone.

Geologist looks at fissure 8 through a camera
June 25, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Documenting Fissure 8 Activity

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geology field crews maintain watch over the eruptive activity in the lower East Rift Zone and at Kīlauea's summit. Here, a geologist documents the behavior of lava as it exits the Fissure 8 cone. Lava enters the upper channel traveling as fast as 30 km/hour (18 mi/hour).

Photograph of USGS UAS pilot wearing an orange USGS shirt
June 25, 2018

Woods Hole's Aerial Imaging and Mapping pilots in Hawaii

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center's Aerial Imaging and Mapping rock stars preparing to fly Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) mission while a river of lava flows in the background

Looking down a long roadway toward and active fissure
June 25, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Fissure 8 From Luana Street

View of the fissure 8 cone and fountain from the end of Luana Street in Leilani Estates. Photo taken at 12:20 p.m.

A panoramic photo of Halema`uma`u Crater
June 25, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Halema`uma`u Panoramic

This panorama of Kīlauea's summit caldera was made about 10 a.m. HST from the Keanakāko‘i overlook on the south side of the caldera. Halema‘uma‘u is

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Near-vertical view of lava lake at Halema‘uma‘u and ocean entry at ...
December 27, 2011

Near-vertical view of lava lake at Halema‘uma‘u and ocean entry at West Ka‘ili‘ili.

Small streams of lava cascading over the sea cliff, and entering th...
December 13, 2011

Small streams of lava cascading over the sea cliff, and entering the ocean.

Awesome views of the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō cone and crater showing the fume sou...
December 6, 2011

Awesome views of the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō cone and crater showing the fume sources.

Active pāhoehoe, fed by a lava tube originating at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, has b...
December 2, 2011

Active pāhoehoe, fed by a lava tube originating at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, has been migrating downslope within the Royal Gardens subdivision.

A thin portion of the roof over the lava tube reveals the lava stre...
November 21, 2011

A thin portion of the roof over the lava tube reveals the lava stream.

A large skylight on the lava tube is supplying lava to surface flow...
November 10, 2011

A large skylight on the lava tube is supplying lava to surface flows north of Royal Gardens subdivision.

USGS science for a changing world logo
November 7, 2011

The Wildlife Society's annual conference is from Nov. 5 to 10 on Waikoloa (the Big Island), Hawaii. USGS scientists are heavily involved in the conference’s sessions, workshops and talks. 

The active episode 61 pāhoehoe flows of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō...
November 3, 2011

The active episode 61 pāhoehoe flows of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō.

High aerial view of the active lava channel of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater...
October 25, 2011

High aerial view of the active lava channel of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater.

The active pāhoehoe flows of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō...
October 7, 2011

The active pāhoehoe flows of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō.

Current flows that have erupted on the east side of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō cone...
September 29, 2011

Current flows that have erupted on the east side of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō cone.

Preview image for video: Three Quicktime movies of the active lava ...
September 23, 2011

Three videos of the active lava streams from Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō.