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Aerial view of Kapoho Bay
June 12, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Kapoho Bay

Aerial view of the ocean entry at Kapoho, where a lava delta about 250 acres in size is filling the bay. USGS image taken June 12, 2018, around 6:50 a.m. HST.

Braided lava channels
June 12, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Braided Lava Channels

Fissure 8 (fountain visible in distance) feeds lava into an active braided channel that flows about 8 miles (north, then east) to the ocean entry in Kapoho Bay. USGS image taken June 12, 2018, around 6:50 a.m. HST.

Aerial of crater cracks
June 12, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Halema`uma`u Crater Cracks

A closer view of the cracks cutting across the parking lot for the former Halema‘uma‘u visitor overlook (closed since 2008, when an active vent opened within the crater). Additional photos—ground views—of the parking lot cracks were posted on June 7 and 11.

June 12, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Kapoho Bay

Aerial views of the ocean entry on Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone on June 12, 2018, around 6:30 a.m. HST, show multiple small 

Kīlauea summit activity...
June 11, 2018

Kīlauea summit activity

A series of wide-angle webcam images, captured by a camera in HVO's observation tower (https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_webcams.html) between June 1 and June 10, 2018, show ongoing subsidence around Halema‘uma‘u at the summit of Kīlauea in this animated GIF.

June 11, 2018

USGS Status Update of Kīlauea Volcano - June 11, 2018

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Status of Kīlauea Volcano, June 11, 2018, Jessica Ball, USGS Volcanologist

Aerial view of lava channel
June 11, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Lava Channels (Fissure 8)

Aerial view of the fissure 8 lava channel on Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone in the vicinity of the Kapoho cone, with fissure 8 fountains visible in the distance (upper left). Helicopter

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June 11, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Overflight of Ocean Entry

The interaction of molten lava flowing into cool seawater causes pulsating "littoral explosions" that throw spatter (fragments of molten lava) and pieces of solidified glassy lava (black sand, Pele's hair, limu o Pele) high into the air. In this aerial view of the Kapoho ocean entry, these dark-colored lava particles are blasted skyward through billowing white clouds of

Cracked road
June 11, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Cracked Road at Summit

This 'warped-curb' crack, the largest in the parking area for the former Halema‘uma‘u overlook (closed since 2008), is one of many that have sliced the parking area into slices. Ballistics (blocks of solid rock) strewn across the area are visible in the foreground. Loose, dislodged

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Kīlauea lower East Rift Zone lava flows and fissures, June 11, 3:00...
June 11, 2018

Kīlauea LERZ lava flows and fissures, June 11, 3:00 p.m.

Map as of 3:00 p.m. HST, June 11, 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.

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Another rockfall triggers an explosive event in the summit lava lak...
December 2, 2016

Another rockfall triggers an explosive event in the summit lava lake

International volcanologists gather to addresses best practices in ...
December 1, 2016

In mid-November 2016, 70 representatives of volcano observatories from 20 volcanically active nations around the world came together in Vancouver, Washington, to share techniques, lessons learned, and challenges faced in preparing effective, useful volcano hazard maps and analyses. 

Typical lava lake activity in Halema‘uma‘u...
November 29, 2016

Ocean entry continues, with breakout near Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō

Rockfall triggers an explosive event in summit lava lake...
November 28, 2016

Rockfall triggers an explosive event in summit lava lake

This close-up view of the lava lake surface on the south side of th...
November 26, 2016

A clear evening provides stunning views of the summit lava lake

An assumption about Kīlauea Volcano is proven wrong...
November 23, 2016

Everyone extrapolates facts and makes assumptions based on those facts. Sometimes, such an assumption is repeated so often that it takes on the aura of a "fact" itself. This is the story of how one such assumption about Kīlauea's recent past was proven wrong—and only in the past couple of months!

Seabirds struggle for survival on Mauna Loa...
November 17, 2016

High on the slopes of Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano on Earth, a unique Hawaiian seabird struggles for survival. 

Foundering of the lava lake crust is common near the lake's margins...
November 13, 2016

Typical lava lake activity within Halema‘uma‘u

Color image of a booklet cover
November 10, 2016

For this winter's vog season, new resources are available to help people become familiar with, and minimize their exposure to, vog.