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Kīlauea lower East Rift Zone lava flows and fissures, June 13, 10:0...
June 13, 2018

Kīlauea LERZ lava flows and fissures, June 13, 10:00 a.m.

Map as of 10:00 a.m. HST, June 13, 2018. Given the dynamic nature of Kīlauea's lower East Rift Zone eruption, with changing vent locations, fissures starting and stopping, and varying rates of lava effusion, map details shown here are accurate as of the date/time noted. Shaded purple areas indicate lava flows erupted in 1840, 1955, 1960, and 2014-2015.

Aerial view of new Kapoho land area
June 13, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Kapoho New Land

Closer view of new land in the Kapoho area. The new coastline, following the ragged lava-ocean interface, is approximately 2.1 km (1.3 mi) in length. The white steam/laze plume marks the location of the most active lava entry site during the morning overflight.

Aerial view of ocean entry
June 13, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Ocean Entry Laze Plume

View of the ocean entry and the resulting laze plume where lava is entering the sea.

Aerial of fissure 8 lava flow
June 13, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Fissure 8

Fissure 8 lava fountain during this morning's overflight of the lower East Rift Zone. Steam and fume rises from 

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Fissure 8 from the ground
June 13, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Fissure 8

Fissure 8 fountains to heights of 130-140 ft. The lava spatter chills and the fragments are building a cone on the downwind side, now nearly as tall as the fountain itself.
 

June 13, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — UAS Survey of Halema‘uma‘u Crater Rim

A UAS mission on June 13, 2018, filmed details of the dramatic changes occurring within Halema‘uma‘u crater at Kīlauea's summit since explosive eruptions of 

Crater with small gases rising
June 13, 2018

Halema`uma`u Crater - June 13, 2018

Halema`uma`u Crater - June 13, 2018

Kīlauea summit...
June 12, 2018

Kīlauea summit

Events at the summit of Kīlauea over the past few weeks have dramatically reshaped Halema‘uma‘u, shown here in this aerial view, which looks west across the crater. The obvious flat surface (photo center) is the former Halema‘uma‘u crater floor, which has subsided at least 100 m (about 300 ft) during the past couple weeks. Ground cracks circumferential to the crater rim

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Fissure eruption with houses in the foreground
June 12, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano —

Image taken during the June 12, 2018, morning helicopter overflight of fissure 8 and the lava channel.

June 12, 2018

USGS Status Update of Kīlauea Volcano - June 12, 2018

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Status of Kīlauea Volcano, June 12, 2018, Jessica Ball, Volcanologist

Aerial view of crater
June 12, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Halema‘uma‘u Crater

Events at the summit of Kīlauea over the past few weeks have dramatically reshaped Halema‘uma‘u, shown here in this aerial view, which looks west across the crater. The obvious flat surface (photo center) is the former Halema‘uma‘u crater floor, which has subsided at least 100 m (about 300 ft) during the past couple weeks. Ground cracks circumferential to the crater rim

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Lava flows entering the ocean
June 12, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Multiple Ocean Entries

The south side of the ocean entry was most active today, with many small streams of lava and corresponding steam plumes spread along a fairly broad section of the southern part of the delta. USGS image taken June 12, 2018, around 6:13 AM.

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In places, the dark-colored veneer of lava, or bathtub rings, have ...
January 15, 2017

Lower level of Kīlauea's summit lava lake exposes vent wall

Exploring USGS volcano observatories—Part 2: Alaska...
January 12, 2017

As part of Volcano Awareness Month, our January Volcano Watch articles are exploring the U.S. Geological Survey's volcano observatories and their connections to Hawaii. We continue this week with a visit to Alaska.

The Kamokuna ocean entry remains active. On December 31, approximat...
January 12, 2017

November 21 breakout remains active and Kamokuna ocean entry continues

How well do you know USGS volcano observatories? Part 1: Cascades...
January 5, 2017

It's January 2017, and, in addition to wishing you Hau‘oli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year), the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) welcomes you to the 8th annual Volcano Awareness Month on the Island of Hawai‘i! 

A telephoto lens captured the cascade of lava streaming from the la...
January 3, 2017

Ongoing activity at Kamokuna ocean entry

Kamokuna lava delta collapse also takes part of old sea cliff...
January 1, 2017

Kamokuna lava delta collapse also takes part of old sea cliff

Kīlauea Volcano's East Rift Zone eruption: here's what happened in ...
December 29, 2016

As the East Rift Zone eruption begins its 35th year, let's review what happened over the past 12 months.

19th century virtual reality brings Hawaiian volcano to life...
December 22, 2016

In 1888, Tavernier went one step further and created what we would now call a virtual reality depiction of Kīlauea volcano—the "Panorama of Kīlauea," an 11-foot tall canvas arranged in a circle with a 90-foot circumference.

USGS
December 18, 2016

The U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) recorded an offshore magnitude-4.5 earthquake south the Island of Hawai‘i on Sunday, December 18, at 6:30 a.m., HST.

An HVO geologist photographs an active ‘A‘ā flow on Kīlauea Volcano...
December 15, 2016

Have you ever wondered why Kīlauea Volcano's current lava flow is called the "61g" flow? To explain, we must go back to the beginning of the ongoing eruption. 

January 2017 is Hawai‘i Island's 8th annual Volcano Awareness Month...
December 8, 2016

The New Year is just around the corner, so it's time to remind everyone that January is Volcano Awareness Month on the Island of Hawai‘i.

Time-lapse sequence of lava lake activity at Halema‘uma‘u...
December 4, 2016

Time-lapse sequence of lava lake activity at Halema‘uma‘u