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The Pacific Region has nine USGS Science Centers in California, Nevada, and Hawaii. The Regional Office, headquartered in Sacramento, provides Center oversight and support, facilitates internal and external collaborations, and works to further USGS strategic science directions.

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Aerial view of laze plumes at ocean entry point
June 14, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Laze Plumes

Several laze plumes rise along the ocean entry margin as break outs feed many small and large flows. The largest Pāhoehoe breakout area is on the northern margin of the flow.

Aerial of lava breakouts along ocean entry.
June 14, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Pāhoehoe Breakouts

A close up view of the pāhoehoe breakouts along the northern ocean entry.

June 14, 2018

USGS Status Update of Kīlauea Volcano - June 14, 2018

USGS Hawaiian Volcan Observatory, Status of Kīlauea Volcano, June 14, 2018, Jessica Ball, USGS Volcanologist.
 

Crater with small gases rising
June 13, 2018

Halema`uma`u Crater - June 13, 2018

Halema`uma`u Crater - June 13, 2018

June 13, 2018

USGS Status Update of Kīlauea Volcano - June 13, 2018

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Status of Kīlauea Volcano

June 13, 2018, Jessica Ball, USGS Volcanologist

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 of lava entering ocean
June 13, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Ocean Entry

View of the ocean entry and the resulting laze plume where 

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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.
 

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Bogoslof Volcano, Alaska: ongoing eruption through the Bering Sea...
March 30, 2017

Hawai‘i is not the only island in the United States with an ongoing eruption involving hot lava and cold water.

Volcanic explosions provide the foundation for agriculture...
March 23, 2017

The ash deposits on the southeastern part of the Island of Hawai‘i have fortuitously presented an agricultural opportunity in an otherwise rocky and hilly landscape. An underappreciated fact is that the explosive nature of our volcanoes provided this opportunity. 

A 3D tour of Kīlauea's summit lava lake...
March 20, 2017

A 3D tour of Kīlauea's summit lava lake

Kīlauea Volcano's summit eruption in Halema‘uma‘u Crater reaches 9t...
March 16, 2017

Kīlauea Volcano’s summit eruption in Halema‘uma‘u Crater began in March 2008. 

This video clip shows the Kamokuna ocean entry, with the laze plume...
March 10, 2017

Episode 61g Kamokuna ocean entry remains active

Recent collapses at the Kamokuna ocean entry underscore on-going ha...
March 9, 2017

On December 31, 2016, almost the entire 23 acre lava delta and 4 acres of the older sea cliff slid into the ocean piece by piece over the course of the afternoon and into the evening. 

Pulsing magma supply detected at Kīlauea...
March 2, 2017

This is the story of how a new concept—slowly pulsing magma supply to Kīlauea—emerged from observations of the Overlook lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u.

Sluggish breakout on Kīlauea Volcano's coastal plain remains active...
March 2, 2017

Sluggish breakout on Kīlauea Volcano's coastal plain remains active

Remotely measuring the temperature of Kīlauea lava...
February 23, 2017

In early December 2016, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA visited Kīlauea Volcano to experiment with a portable, ground-based camera system for use as an optical imaging pyrometer.