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March 31, 1997

Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, at Kīlauea Volcano, has been erupting almost continuously since January 3, 1983. However, this is the first time since January 31 of this year that lava has been observed anywhere except within the crater of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō.

March 27, 1997

What will the next eruption of Hualālai be like? The first step in answering that question is to find out what the last several eruptions were like. That doesn't sound so hard - we should be able to look in some book or on the Worldwide Web. After all, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa erupted a bunch of times in the last couple of centuries and there is plenty of information on those eruptions available.

March 20, 1997

Dr. Thomas L . Wright, HVO's Scientist-in-Charge from 1984 to 1991, returned to the Big Island for a short visit last week to conduct studies of the fault systems cutting Kīlauea's south flank. As a scientist, Wright is best known for his pivotal research on the geochemistry of Hawaiian lava.

March 13, 1997

If you've ever watched videos of the current eruption, you've seen geologists throwing hammer-headed cables into the lava tube to snag a glob of lava, or running to catch molten spatter from lava fountains. Lava sampling can be risky, so why do we bother to do it?

March 6, 1997

Sinners or not, many of us living on the island of Hawai`i over the past decade feel that, although we cherish the volcanoes, the smell of sulfur gas and volcanic air pollution, or vog, from Kīlauea has become decidedly unpleasant.

February 28, 1997

The Island of Hawai`i is the fastest-growing region in the State of Hawai`i, with over 100,000 residents and a population that continues to grow at a rate of 3% per annum. The Governor has referred to the Big Island as the crown jewel of the State. 

February 24, 1997

On Monday morning at 7:40 a.m., February 24, a Blue Hawaiian Helicopter tour pilot reported sighting an active lava lake within Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater. 

February 20, 1997

Kīlauea Volcano continues to be in a state of repose with no eruptive activity since January 31. Although no molten rock can be seen on the surface of the volcano, seismic and geodetic monitors indicate that magma is moving within.

February 17, 1997

Pu`u `O`o was alive and well on Wednesday, January 29, with acrid fumes drifting across the landscape and an active pond glowing red at night. The next morning, it seemed to be a dead, gutted hulk. So goes the cinder-and-spatter cone whose name has become synonymous with 14 years of eruption at Kīlauea Volcano. What happened?

February 6, 1997

Most visitors to Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park have driven down the Chain of Craters Road to the coast and observed the high south-facing pali that form the Hilina fault system of Kīlauea Volcano. 

January 31, 1997

Episode 54 of the Pu'u 'O'o-Kupaianaha eruption began early in the morning of Thursday, January 30, and manifested itself in a number of different way.

January 24, 1997

Ne plus haustae aut obrutae urbes (No more shall the cities be destroyed). January, 1997, marks the 85th anniversary of the dedication of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.