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Small-scale map of flow field...
December 3, 2015

This small-scale map shows Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow in relation to the eastern part of the Island of Hawai‘i. 

Satellite image shows June 27th lava flow...
November 30, 2015

This satellite image was captured on Monday, November 30, by the Advanced Land Imager instrument onboard NASA's Earth Observing 1 satellite. 

Small-scale map of flow field...
November 12, 2015

This small-scale map shows Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow in relation to the eastern part of the Island of Hawai‘i. 

Map showing flow field changes...
November 12, 2015

This map shows recent changes to Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow field.

Small-scale map of flow field...
October 23, 2015

This small-scale map shows Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow in relation to the eastern part of the Island of Hawai‘i.

Map showing flow field changes...
October 23, 2015

This map shows recent changes to Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow field. 

Landsat satellite image shows June 27th lava flow...
October 13, 2015

This satellite image was captured on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by the Landsat 8 satellite. 

Map showing flow field changes...
September 30, 2015

This map shows recent changes to Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow field.

Small-scale map of flow field...
September 30, 2015

This small-scale map shows Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow in relation to the eastern part of the Island of Hawai‘i.

Large-scale map with thermal mosaic overlay...
September 11, 2015

This map overlays a georeferenced thermal image mosaic onto a map of the flow field to show the distribution of active and recently active breakouts.

Small-scale map of flow field...
September 11, 2015

This small-scale map shows Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow in relation to the eastern part of the Island of Hawai‘i. 

Satellite image shows June 27th lava flow...
September 2, 2015

This satellite image was captured on Wednesday, September 2, by the Advanced Land Imager instrument onboard NASA's Earth Observing 1 satellite.

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Animation showing changes in summit size on a map
June 30, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Animation of Summit Drop

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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Lava channels coming from a distant fissure
June 30, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Lava Channels from Fissure 8

Lava from fissure 8 is fed into a channel that travels about 13 km (8 mi) to the sea. A 

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A geologist stands in a field with a video camera recording a fissure eruption in the distance.
June 30, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Video Data of Fissure 8

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Matt Patrick acquires video of fissure 8 and the lava channel from Pohoiki Road/Highway 132. The video is used to document fountain behavior and lava flow characteristics, and how they change with time.

Ocean entries from lava flows
June 30, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Ocean Entry at Kapoho

Lava was entering the ocean over a broad area this morning. This image shows an active entry area along the northern flow front at Kapoho. View to the south.

Lava flowing around islands of older lava in a lava channel
June 30, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Lava Flowing Around Channel Islands

Lava flows around islands in the lava channel. The direction of flow is from the upper right to lower left. Field crews can make a rough calculation of velocity by timing large blocks as they pass between two landmarks that are a known distance apart.

Ocean entry of lava forming laze plumes
June 29, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Laze Plumes

During the June 29 overflight, USGS scientists observed multiple active spots along the Kapoho ocean entry producing laze plumes.

Fissure with lava channels and plumes rising into the sky
June 29, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Fissure 8

Fissure 8 and the proximal lava flow channel on the morning of June 29. Low fountaining within the cone is still producing a vigorous supply of lava to the channel.

Lava channel
June 29, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Braided Lava Channel

One portion of the braided section of the fissure 8 lava channel.

June 29, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Fissure 8 Aerial

The USGS Unoccupied Aircraft Systems (UAS) team conducted a flight on Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone to collect video in the upper lava channel of 

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Aerial map showing areas of deformation in Kilauea Volcano caldera
June 29, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Cracks and Deformation Map

High-resolution satellite data are useful for mapping cracks and 

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Lava flowing into residential area
June 28, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Fresh Lava at Kapoho Beach Lots

Near the coast, the northern margin of the lava flow field is still oozing fresh lava at several points in the area of Kapoho Beach Lots. Smoke marks locations where lava is burning vegetation.

routine inspection of a UAS system prior to a flight
June 28, 2018

routine inspection of a UAS system prior to a flight

Two U.S. Geological Survey Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) pilots perform a routine inspection of a UAS system prior to a flight at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano in June 2018. The UAS for this particular flight was outfitted with a multi-gas sensor to identify any new degassing sources within the collapsing summit caldera. All UAS flights inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National

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Did aerial bombing stop the 1935 Mauna Loa lava flow?...
November 30, 2017

A widely-held belief is that Thomas Jaggar, founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, was able to stop a Mauna Loa lava flow in 1935. But is it true?

CT scans and photographs of coral collected from reef near polluted groundwater seeps. One set shows more erosion than the other
November 27, 2017

Coral reefs already stressed by ocean acidification are particularly vulnerable to polluted groundwater, according to a recent study by USGS geologist Nancy Prouty and colleagues.

What do we call new land at Kīlauea Volcano's ocean entries?...
November 23, 2017

If you follow Kīlauea Volcano's ongoing East Rift Zone eruption, you are likely aware that when lava enters the ocean, it often forms new land. But what is this new land called?

Trained scent-detection dog and dog trainer at work in a taro field at Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge
November 22, 2017

Dogs have great olfactory abilities and wildlife biologists think they can help endangered waterbirds in Hawai‘i. Dogs are being trained to sniff out the endangered ducks (koloa maoli (Anas wyvilliana) and Laysan ducks (A. laysanensis)) that die of avian botulism. 

USGS
November 22, 2017

Changes at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō and views of the 61g flow

The surface crust on the summit lava lake has many different textur...
November 20, 2017

Typical lava lake activity at Kīlauea Volcano's summit

Drive along Saddle Road reveals outstanding volcanic geology...
November 16, 2017

Route 200, the Daniel K. Inouye Highway, crosses Humu‘ula Saddle, which separates Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, the two largest volcanoes on the Island of Hawai‘i. This Saddle showcases outstanding volcanic geology and is easy to reach for "roadside geologists." 

Mauna Loa lava flows...
November 15, 2017

Lava flows, Pu‘u Pohaku‘ohanalei cone, Moku‘āweoweo's North Pit, Sulphur Cone area, and a video of Mauna Loa's summit caldera.

Roughly 500 meters (0.3 miles) north of the sea cliff, a new breako...
November 10, 2017

Ocean entry inactive; breakouts continue on delta and coastal plain

Amidst steam created by rain falling on the hot lava, another HVO g...
November 9, 2017

Scientists at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory routinely collect lava samples from Kīlauea and use the chemistry of these samples to infer the temperature of magma (molten rock below Earth's surface).