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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

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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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.
 

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This video shows a wider view of the open lava stream at the ocean ...
January 28, 2017

Open lava stream continues at ocean entry

Exploring USGS volcano observatories—Part 4: Yellowstone ...
January 26, 2017

Hawai‘i Island's 2017 Volcano Awareness Month is almost over, and our Volcano Watch series about U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) volcano observatories and their connections to Hawaii is also coming to an end. This week, we visit the observatory that monitors a volcano that produced some of the largest eruptions known on Earth—Yellowstone!

A close up of the lava stream pouring out of the tube and directly ...
January 25, 2017

Lava continues to stream out of tube at Kamokuna ocean entry

The ups and downs of Kīlauea Volcano's summit lava lake...
January 24, 2017

The ups and downs of Kīlauea Volcano's summit lava lake

Rising summit lava lake level improves views of spattering...
January 19, 2017

Rising summit lava lake level improves views of spattering

Exploring USGS volcano observatories—Part 3: California...
January 19, 2017

This month, our Volcano Watch articles are exploring U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) volcano observatories and their connections to Hawai‘i. This week: California, here we come!

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