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Thermal map of northeast end of fissure system...
May 14, 2018

Close up of the northeastern end of the fissure system.

Thermal map of the fissure system...
May 14, 2018

Thermal map shows the fissure system during an overflight of the area in Leilani Estates

Kīlauea Lower East Rift Zone Fissures and Flows, May 14 at 2:30 p.m...
May 14, 2018

Location of fissure 17. 

Thermal map of fissure system...
May 13, 2018

Map overlays a georegistered mosaic of thermal images collected during a helicopter overflight of Kīlauea's lower East Rift Zone fissures

Kīlauea Lower East Rift Zone Fissures, May 13 at 9:00 a.m. HST...
May 13, 2018

Location of fissure 17. In addition to fissure 17, the map shows earlier fissures, lava flows, and steaming areas.

Thermal map of the Leilani Estates fissures...
May 9, 2018

Thermal map shows the fissure system during an overflight of the area

Kīlauea East Rift Zone Fissure Map with Paths of Steepest Descent a...
May 9, 2018

Locations of fissures and an ‘a‘ā flow erupted

Kīlauea East Rift Zone Fissure Map as of 7:00 p.m. HST, May 8
May 8, 2018

Locations of fissures and an a’a flow erupted

Kīlauea East Rift Zone Fissure Map with Paths of Steepest Descent
May 8, 2018

This map shows the locations of fissures and an ‘a‘ā flow

Kīlauea East Rift Zone Map as of 10:00 a.m., May 5...
May 6, 2018

Locations, mapped by USGS-HVO scientists, of eruptive fissures in the order that they occurred in the Leilani Estates Subdivision

Steepest descent paths and eruptive fissures, Kīlauea East Rift Zon...
May 6, 2018

Locations of eruptive fissures on Kīlauea Volcano's East Rift Zone in the order that they occurred in the Leilani Estates Subdivision

Thermal map of the Leilani Estates fissures...
May 6, 2018

The thermal map was constructed by stitching many overlapping oblique thermal images collected by a handheld thermal camera during a helicopter overflight of the flow field.

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Lava running past a residential area
July 9, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Fissure 8 and Leilani Estates

Fissure 8 and Leilani Estates viewed from the south. Houses in the foreground are located in the southern portion of Leilani Estates. Fissure 8 and surrounding 

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Crusted over lava flow
July 9, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Lower Section of Fissure 8 Flow

The lower section of the fissure 8 lava channel appears to be almost completely crusted over, and the lava level in the channel was lower during this morning's

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Rain over a lava flow area
July 9, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Rain at Leilani Estates

This photograph taken during this morning's overflight shows heavy, localized rain at 

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Laze plumes
July 8, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Multiple Laze Plumes

Multiple ocean entries were active this early morning, each contributing to the prominent "laze" 

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Aerial view over residential area
July 8, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Lava Near Cape Kumukahi

Lava still oozes from the northern edge of the ‘a‘ā flow near the lighthouse at Cape Kumukahi (upper right). Smoke from burning vegetation marks location of lava oozeouts. View is toward the northeast. 

Aerial of braided lava channel
July 8, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Braided Lava Channel

Braided section of the lava channel located "downstream" between about 3.5 to 6 km (2.2 to 3.7 mi) from fissure 8 (upper right). The width of the two channels in the middle center is about 325 m (1,065 ft). View is toward the southwest.

Aerial of lava flow
July 8, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Kapoho Crater

View of the partially filled Kapoho Crater (center) and the open lava channel where it makes a 90-degree turn around the crater. The open channel no longer directly enters the ocean. Lava flows freely through the channel only to the southern edge of Kapoho Crater (left side of image). Clearly, lava moves into and through the molten core of the thick ‘a‘ā flow across a

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Lava channel
July 8, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Open-Ended Lava Channel

Close view of the "end" of the open lava channel where lava moves beneath the crusted ‘a‘ā flow.

animated GIF showing subsidence at a crater
July 8, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Animated GIF of Crater Subsidence

This animated GIF shows a sequence of radar amplitude images that were acquired by the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana CosmoSkyMed satellite system. The images illustrate changes to the 

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Fissure eruption
July 7, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Fissure 8

View of Fissure 8 and channel during the morning overflight on July 7.

July 7, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Timelapse Changes at Caldera (6/13 - 7/7)

This series of images from June 13 through July 7, 2018, show dramatic down-dropping of part of Kīlauea Volcano's summit caldera floor. For weeks,

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the sun is illuminating the volcanic gas plume from behind
June 17, 2018

When volcanic gases are released into the atmosphere, resulting plumes sometimes appear to have a faint color. Is this color indicative of a certain gas present? Answering this question requires describing what makes a plume visible in the first place.

Close-up photograph of stem, leaves and flower buds of haha plant
June 8, 2018

Caly isn't likely to wonder off off, but with a remote camera and monitoring station online 24-hours a day, USGS and partners at the State of Hawai‘i Division of Forestry and Wildlife, University of Hawai‘i, and the USFWS can learn how an extremely rare plant is responding to changes in environmental conditions.

low magnification photo shows ash particles
June 7, 2018

Small explosions that produce ashfall from Kīlauea Volcano's summit are not new. However, the mechanism, vigor, plume heights, and extent of ash fallout from the current explosive activity within Halema‘uma‘u are.

Halema‘uma‘u at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano captured from an Unmanned Aircraft Systems
June 1, 2018

With the current activity at the volcano's lower East Rift Zone and summit, it's an understatement to say that Kīlauea has been making worldwide headlines the past month.

USGS
May 29, 2018

Deflation at Kīlauea's summit has caused up to 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) of subsidence, which has stressed the faults around and within Kīlauea Caldera. 

pockets of natural gas from the burning plant material can ignite
May 24, 2018

Numerous hazards are associated with active lava flows, and USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists have written about many of them in past Volcano Watch articles. However, it's been a while since one particular hazard—so-called "methane explosions"—has been addressed.

USGS
May 24, 2018

An explanation of magma movement from Kīlauea's summit through the volcano's East Rift Zone and to the eruption site(s) in lower Puna.

Image: Monitoring Gas Emissions from Kilauea Volcano
May 17, 2018

With ash eruptions occurring from Kilauea’s summit this week, there is a threat of an even larger steam-driven violent explosion. Such an eruption could happen suddenly and send volcanic ash 20,000 feet into the air, threatening communities for miles.

overall vigor of fissure appeared to have dropped from the previous two days
May 17, 2018

False rumors about the ongoing volcanic activity at the summit and lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano are causing unnecessary anxiety and confusion. We encourage everyone to check the source of any information you read or hear to be sure that it's factual, accurate, and timely.

USGS
May 14, 2018

Addresses speculative stories, rumors and blogs about the stability of the south flank of Kīlauea and the potential for a catastrophic collapse that could generate a Pacific-wide tsunami.

distribution of ballistics and tephra from the 1924 phreatic explosions
May 11, 2018

Last week's Volcano Watch focused on the East Rift Zone eruption, which continues to impact the lower Puna District on the Island of Hawai‘i. Changes in the eruption are occurring daily, if not hourly, so by the time you read this article, the situation will likely have changed. Nevertheless, here's the status of the eruption as of Friday, May 11 (when this was written):

Screencapture of the International Volcanic Health Hazard Network V...
May 11, 2018

The International Volcanic Health Hazard Network (IVHHN) has a new resource for the current eruptive activity and associated hazards at Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone and summit. Find it at https://vog.ivhhn.org