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Map with thermal mosaic overlay...
June 19, 2015

This map overlays a georeferenced thermal image mosaic onto the flow field change map above and shows the distribution of active and recently active breakouts.

Map showing flow field changes...
June 19, 2015

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

Map showing flow field changes...
June 4, 2015

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

Small-scale map of flow field...
June 4, 2015

This small-scale map shows Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow in relation to lower Puna. 

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

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

Map showing flow field changes...
May 21, 2015

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

Landsat satellite image shows June 27th lava flow...
May 6, 2015

This satellite image was captured on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by the Landsat 8 satellite. 

Map showing flow field changes...
April 25, 2015

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

Landsat satellite image shows June 27th flow...
April 20, 2015

This satellite image was captured on Monday, April 20, 2015 by the Landsat 8 satellite. 

Map showing flow field changes...
April 9, 2015

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

Map show flow field with thermal overlays...
April 3, 2015

This map overlays georegistered mosaics of thermal images collected during a helicopter overflight of the three areas of breakouts near Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō on April 3.

Map showing flow field changes...
April 3, 2015

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

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July 10, 2018

July 10, 2018 fissure 8 whirlwind

A whirlwind spins skyward on the northwest side of the fissure 8 cinder cone in this video taken on July 10, 2018. A number of whirlwinds have formed in the area due to the extreme heat of the open lava channel heating the air above it. As the heated air quickly rises, a light wind can push the air column to begin a rotation, which spins faster as it is stretched and

Laze plume from ocean entry
July 9, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Warm Ponds Ocean Entry

Southern end of the active fissure 8 flow margin north of the Analannui Park, known as the warm ponds. The flow margin is estimated to be about 500 m (0.3 mi) from the park.

Lava entering the ocean through steam
July 9, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Lava Entering Ocean

Lava entering the ocean as seen through steam and rain early this morning.

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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eruption in Leilani Estates in the lower Puna District
May 6, 2018

The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory was unable to issue "Volcano Watch" by its regular Thursday deadline on May 3 due to unfolding events on Kīlauea Volcano. Little did we know that Friday would be even more hectic.

View of new fissure from Luana Street near fissure 2 and 7, Leilani...
May 5, 2018

View of new fissure from Luana Street near fissure 2 and 7, Leilani Estates

At 12:44 p.m. HST, a column of robust, reddish-brown ash plume occu...
May 4, 2018

New lava fissure on Makamae and Leilani Streets in Leilani Estates subdivision

Ash plume rises above Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō...
May 3, 2018

Eruption begins on Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone

USGS
May 3, 2018

The intrusion of molten rock into the lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea Volcano reached the surface in the late afternoon on May 3 in a part of Leilani Estates. 

Several sets of new, small ground cracks observed on roads around L...
May 2, 2018

Several sets of new, small ground cracks observed on roads around Leilani Estates subdivision

USGS
May 2, 2018

The USGS Volcano Notification Service (VNS) is a free service that sends automatic notices (emails or texts) about volcanic activity at U.S. monitored volcanoes, including Hawaiian volcanoes. You can sign up to receive these notifications at http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/vns/.

USGS
May 1, 2018

Changes on Kīlauea Volcano's East Rift Zone

Kīlauea summit lava lake level drops with deflation...
April 30, 2018

Kīlauea summit lava lake level drops with deflation

Repeated overflows onto the Halema‘uma‘u crater floor...
April 27, 2018

Repeated overflows onto the Halema‘uma‘u crater floor

Night view of Kīlauea Volcano’s summit lava lake from April 24, 2018
April 26, 2018

The past few weeks have been exciting for volcano watchers on the Island of Hawai‘i, especially for visitors to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s Jaggar Museum overlook, where views of the active summit lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u have been spectacular.