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Map of flow field...
September 1, 2017

This map shows recent changes to Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone lava flow field.

Map of flow field...
August 20, 2017

This map shows recent changes to Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone lava flow field. 

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August 9, 2017

This map shows recent changes to Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone lava flow field.

Thermal map of flow field...
August 9, 2017

This map is similar to the map above but shows a thermal map over the Episode 61g lava flow. 

Satellite image shows location of breakouts on flow field...
July 30, 2017

This satellite image was captured on Sunday, July 30, by the NASA/USGS Landsat 8 satellite. 

Map of flow field...
July 10, 2017

This map shows recent changes to Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone lava flow field.

Map of flow field...
June 21, 2017

This map shows recent changes to Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone lava flow field.

Satellite image shows location of breakouts on flow field...
June 2, 2017

This satellite image was captured on Friday, June 2, by the Sentinel-2 satellite operated by the European Space Agency.

Map of flow field...
May 31, 2017

This map shows recent changes to Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone lava flow field.

Small-scale map of flow field...
May 3, 2017

This small-scale map shows Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow field in relation to the southeastern part of the Island of Hawai‘i.

Map of flow field...
May 3, 2017

This map shows recent changes to Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone lava flow field. 

Map of flow field...
April 10, 2017

This map shows recent changes to Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone lava flow field.

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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.

Color photograph of volcanic crater
July 15, 2018

The growing Halema‘uma‘u

View of growing Halema‘uma‘u from the southeast side of Kīlauea Crater.

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

This Hawai‘i County Fire Department aerial image shows Kapoho Crater
July 13, 2018

This Hawai‘i County Fire Department aerial image shows Kapoho Crater

This Hawai‘i County Fire Department aerial image shows Kapoho Crater with the most active branch of the fissure 8 lava channel now to the west (right) of the cone and feeding a robust ocean entry. The path of the fissure 8 channel prior to being diverted can be seen east (below and left) of the crater; despite no visible surface connection between this branch and the sea,

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Sink holes (dark spots to right of large tree) are beginning to form
July 13, 2018

Sink holes (dark spots to right of large tree) are beginning to form

Sink holes (dark spots to right of large tree) are beginning to form along fractures beneath the field of tephra that has formed downwind of fissure 8. Tephra (Pele's hair and other airborne volcanic glass fragments) from the fissure 8 lava fountains continues to fall downwind, covering the ground within a few hundred meters (yards) of the active vent. High winds can waft

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July 12, 2018

Timelapse video of Halema'uma'u and Kīlauea Caldera

This time-lapse video shows Halema‘uma‘u and Kīlauea Caldera as seen from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. It includes roughly one image for every day between April 14, 2018, and July 11, 2018. The lava lake is visible early in the video, with overflows onto the caldera floor on April 23, but the lake vanishes from sight in early May as pressure in the summit magma

July 12, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone compilation video

This compilation of video from HVO's early morning overflight of Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone shows (1) lava from fissure 8 moving through a perched channel toward the northeast, (2) the diverted channelized ‘a‘ā flow west of Kapoho Crater, and (3) a vigorous ocean entry along the southern coastline in the vicinity of Ahalanui Beach Park (Warm Ponds).

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

Color photograph of plume from lava entering ocean
July 12, 2018

Ocean entry plume rising from just offshore of Ahalanui Beach Park

In this aerial view looking to the north, a robust ocean entry plume can be seen rising from just offshore of Ahalanui Beach Park, which was inundated with lava yesterday. Beyond this entry

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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

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USGS
June 28, 2018

These FAQs will help answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the nature of Kīlauea's summit activity and the numerous earthquakes occurring in the area.

USGS
June 27, 2018

This "Cooperator Report to the U.S. Coast Guard" addresses hazards associated with the Kamokuna ocean entry, active July 2016—November 2017, on KILAUEA's south flank

Subsidence of caldera floor impedes ability of NPIT GPS station to ...
June 25, 2018

On June 18, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory staff said a sad goodbye to a GPS instrument that had faithfully recorded over 95 m (310 ft) of downward motion of the floor of Kīlauea caldera before losing radio contact.

This means that Mauna Loa is now considered to be at a normal, background level of activity. (More information about alert level
June 22, 2018

For more than six months, earthquakes at Mauna Loa have diminished and deformation has slowed, indicating that the volcano is no longer at an elevated level of unrest. On June 21, 2018, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) lowered the alert level from ADVISORY to NORMAL, and lowered the color code from YELLOW to GREEN.

the sun is illuminating the volcanic gas plume from behind
June 17, 2018

When volcanic gases are released into the atmosphere, resulting plumes sometimes appear to have a faint color. Is this color indicative of a certain gas present? Answering this question requires describing what makes a plume visible in the first place.

Close-up photograph of stem, leaves and flower buds of haha plant
June 8, 2018

Caly isn't likely to wonder off off, but with a remote camera and monitoring station online 24-hours a day, USGS and partners at the State of Hawai‘i Division of Forestry and Wildlife, University of Hawai‘i, and the USFWS can learn how an extremely rare plant is responding to changes in environmental conditions.

low magnification photo shows ash particles
June 7, 2018

Small explosions that produce ashfall from Kīlauea Volcano's summit are not new. However, the mechanism, vigor, plume heights, and extent of ash fallout from the current explosive activity within Halema‘uma‘u are.

Halema‘uma‘u at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano captured from an Unmanned Aircraft Systems
June 1, 2018

With the current activity at the volcano's lower East Rift Zone and summit, it's an understatement to say that Kīlauea has been making worldwide headlines the past month.

USGS
May 29, 2018

Deflation at Kīlauea's summit has caused up to 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) of subsidence, which has stressed the faults around and within Kīlauea Caldera. 

pockets of natural gas from the burning plant material can ignite
May 24, 2018

Numerous hazards are associated with active lava flows, and USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists have written about many of them in past Volcano Watch articles. However, it's been a while since one particular hazard—so-called "methane explosions"—has been addressed.

USGS
May 24, 2018

An explanation of magma movement from Kīlauea's summit through the volcano's East Rift Zone and to the eruption site(s) in lower Puna.

Image: Monitoring Gas Emissions from Kilauea Volcano
May 17, 2018

With ash eruptions occurring from Kilauea’s summit this week, there is a threat of an even larger steam-driven violent explosion. Such an eruption could happen suddenly and send volcanic ash 20,000 feet into the air, threatening communities for miles.