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Thermal map of fissure system...
May 13, 2018

Map overlays a georegistered mosaic of thermal images collected during a helicopter overflight of Kīlauea's lower East Rift Zone fissures

Kīlauea Lower East Rift Zone Fissures, May 13 at 9:00 a.m. HST...
May 13, 2018

Location of fissure 17. In addition to fissure 17, the map shows earlier fissures, lava flows, and steaming areas.

Kīlauea Lower East Rift Zone Fissures, May 12 at 12:00 p.m. HST...
May 12, 2018

Location of fissure 16, as well as earlier fissures, lava flows, and steaming areas

Thermal map of the Leilani Estates fissures...
May 9, 2018

Thermal map shows the fissure system during an overflight of the area

Kīlauea East Rift Zone Fissure Map with Paths of Steepest Descent a...
May 9, 2018

Locations of fissures and an ‘a‘ā flow erupted

Kīlauea East Rift Zone Fissure Map as of 7:00 p.m. HST, May 8
May 8, 2018

Locations of fissures and an a’a flow erupted

Kīlauea East Rift Zone Fissure Map with Paths of Steepest Descent
May 8, 2018

This map shows the locations of fissures and an ‘a‘ā flow

Kīlauea East Rift Zone Map as of 10:00 a.m., May 5...
May 6, 2018

Locations, mapped by USGS-HVO scientists, of eruptive fissures in the order that they occurred in the Leilani Estates Subdivision

Steepest descent paths and eruptive fissures, Kīlauea East Rift Zon...
May 6, 2018

Locations of eruptive fissures on Kīlauea Volcano's East Rift Zone in the order that they occurred in the Leilani Estates Subdivision

Thermal map of the Leilani Estates fissures...
May 6, 2018

The thermal map was constructed by stitching many overlapping oblique thermal images collected by a handheld thermal camera during a helicopter overflight of the flow field.

Kīlauea East Rift Zone Map as of 8:00 a.m., May 4...
May 5, 2018

Locations, mapped by USGS-HVO scientists, of eruptive fissures in the order that they occurred in the Leilani Estates Subdivision

Map of steepest descent paths in area of eruptive fissures, Kīlauea...
May 5, 2018

Locations of eruptive fissures in the order that they occurred in the Leilani Estates Subdivision

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Hot, molten lava flows slowly into the ocean, and the temperature difference between lava and water is creating steam.
August 5, 2018

Viscous lava hits ocean water

A viscous pāhoehoe flow from Kilauea Volcano, Hawaiʻi , entering the ocean near Isaac Hale Beach Park on the morning of August 5, 2018.

August 3, 2018

Pāhoehoe Breakout

This lava, erupted from fissure 8 on Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone, shows classic pāhoehoe behavior. Exposed to the air, the surface of the flow chills to form a thin crust that can be stretched or broken apart, forming pieces of crust that are "subducted" back into the molten interior. The main sound is wind noise, but crackles can also be heard as flakes of

fissures were characterized by low eruption rates
July 29, 2018

fissures were characterized by low eruption rates

During the first two weeks of Kīlauea Volcano's 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption, fissures were characterized by low eruption rates and small flows. This was because the erupted lava originated from pockets of cooler, less fluid magma stored in the rift zone. Later fissures erupted hotter, more fluid magma, resulting in higher eruption rates and large, fast-moving lava

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Feral pigs approach out of the forest, Hilo Hawaii.
July 27, 2018

Feral pigs approach the road next to a forested area in Hilo, Hawaii

A group of feral pigs leaves the forest and approaches the photographer at the side of the road. Many parts of Hilo and Hawaii Island are experiencing increased interaction with feral wildlife.

July 24, 2018

Collapse at Kīlauea (July 24, 2018)

A collapse event occurred at the summit of Kīlauea this morning (July 24, 2018) at 6:41 a.m. HST, releasing energy equivalent to a magnitude-5.3 earthquake, which is similar to that released by previous collapse events. In this video, watch as today's event unfolds from the perspective of HVO's live-stream camera. At 6:41:08 (time stamp at upper left), a small tree along

July 21, 2018

Ocean Entry of Lava Near Ahalanui

During HVO's early morning helicopter overflight along the coastline, orange streams of lava were entering the ocean in the vicinity of Ahalanui. Strong trade winds were pushing the white laze plumes inland.

July 14, 2018

July 14, 2018, Kīlauea fissure 8 video captured by UAS

In this July 14, 2018, video captured by the UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) team, lava was erupting from within the 120-foot-high fissure 8 cinder cone built of chilled lava fragments. Lava emerging from the cone was traveling about 13-16 miles per hour, flowing freely over a small set of cascades (rapids) and into a perched channel that was as much as 50 feet above the

July 13, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano's summit (DEM)

Since early May 2018, the floor of Halema‘uma‘u Crater has dropped 450 m (about 1480 ft). Extensive cracking and faulting around the crater, along with inward slumping of the crater rim, has more than doubled its diameter. Like a balloon slowly losing air, subsidence occurs because magma in Kīlauea's shallow summit reservoir is moving into the East Rift Zone more rapidly

July 12, 2018

Rockfalls and Sounds

Listen to the sounds of rockfalls at Kīlauea Volcano's summit in this short video taken from the northeast rim of the caldera. At 2:42 p.m. HST on July 12, 2018, a collapse/explosion event at Kīlauea's summit released energy equivalent to a magnitude-5.3 earthquake. Rockfalls that occurred in Halema‘uma‘u and along the steep summit caldera walls during the event can be

July 11, 2018

Four Examples of Nest Predation by Rats - Hawaii Volcanoes National

Black rats were unintentionally introduced to Hawai’i in the late 1800s, most likely as hitchhikers on trading vessels. Since their introduction, they have disrupted native ecosystems by destroying native plants, eating native arthropods, and depredating bird nests. Black rats have contributed to population declines and species extinctions of Hawaiian forest birds, and

July 11, 2018

Four Examples of Nest Predation by Rats (Short)

Black rats were unintentionally introduced to Hawai’i in the late 1800s, most likely as hitchhikers on trading vessels. Since their introduction, they have disrupted native ecosystems by destroying native plants, eating native arthropods, and depredating bird nests. Black rats have contributed to population declines and species extinctions of Hawaiian forest birds, and

Aerial view of Kapoho Crater
July 10, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Aerial View of Kapoho Crater

Aerial view of Kapoho Crater looking toward the south-southeast. Part of the lava channelbecame blocked just upstream of Kapoho Crater yesterday, diverting flows to the west and then south around the crater (center right). Lava exiting a crusted section of the channel continued flowing in the channel pathway (lower center to left).

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USGS
May 9, 2018

The steady lowering of the lava lake in "Overlook crater" within HALEMAUMAU at the summit of KILAUEA Volcano has raised the potential for explosive eruptions in the coming weeks.

Short-lived explosion at Halema‘uma‘u crater, 8:27 a.m. HST...
May 9, 2018

Short-lived explosion at Halema‘uma‘u crater, 8:27 a.m. HST

Glowing lava flowing down a stream channel with tall rock banks.People watch from the bank tops.
May 8, 2018

Representatives of the news media are invited to join a telephone briefing for the latest updates on Kīlauea's volcanic activity and its impacts.

At 03:00 HST. Looking southwest down Leilani Street just off the i...
May 8, 2018

Cracks and fissures in lower East Rift Zone

Halema‘uma‘u lava lake level continues to drop...
May 7, 2018

Kīlauea East Rift Zone Eruption—Day 5

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.