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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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Slow, sluggish flows on the coastal plain...
May 4, 2012

Slow, sluggish flows on the coastal plain.

Pele's hair from the lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u crater...
May 3, 2012

Pele's hair from the lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u crater.

More slow advancement of flows toward the ocean...
April 26, 2012

More slow advancement of flows toward the ocean.

Flows continue towards ocean, have entered National Park...
April 23, 2012

Flows continue towards ocean, have entered National Park.

Overall slow advancement of flows on the coastal plain, but one sma...
April 19, 2012

Overall slow advancement of flows on the coastal plain, but one small surge.

Preview image for video: High lava stands at Halema‘uma‘u...
April 14, 2012

High lava stands at Halema‘uma‘u.

Preview image for video: Continued activity on coastal plain and la...
April 13, 2012

Continued activity on coastal plain and lava pond in Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō

Slowly advancing flows on the coastal plain...
April 11, 2012

Slowly advancing flows on the coastal plain.

Flows continue to be active on the coastal plain...
April 5, 2012

Flows continue to be active on the coastal plain.

USGS
April 5, 2012

HAWAII ISLAND, Hawaii —2012 marks 100 years of continuous volcano and earthquake monitoring at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. As part of HVO's centennial celebration, the USGS has published a new general-interest publication, "The Story of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory—A Remarkable First 100 Years of Tracking Eruptions and Earthquakes."

Breakouts on the coastal plain...
March 28, 2012

Breakouts on the coastal plain.

Sluggish activity on the flow field...
March 20, 2012

Sluggish activity on the flow field.