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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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Map showing flow field changes...
August 26, 2015

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

Map showing flow field changes...
August 5, 2015

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

Small-scale map of flow field...
August 5, 2015

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

Map with thermal mosaic overlay...
July 23, 2015

This map overlays a georeferenced thermal image mosaic onto the flow field change map to show the distribution of active and recently active breakouts. 

Map showing flow field changes...
July 23, 2015

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

Small-scale map of flow field...
July 7, 2015

This small-scale map shows Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow in relation to lower Puna. 

Map showing flow field changes...
July 7, 2015

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

Map with thermal mosaic overlay...
June 30, 2015

This map overlays a georeferenced thermal image mosaic onto the flow field change map to show the distribution of active and recently active breakouts.

Map showing flow field changes...
June 30, 2015

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

Landsat satellite image shows June 27th lava flow...
June 23, 2015

This satellite image was captured on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 by the Landsat 8 satellite. 

Map with thermal mosaic overlay...
June 19, 2015

This map overlays a georeferenced thermal image mosaic onto the flow field change map above and shows the distribution of active and recently active breakouts.

Map showing flow field changes...
June 19, 2015

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

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Aerial view of lava channel
June 24, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Ocean Entry

Lava is entering the sea on the southern side of the entry area primarily through the open channel, but also along a 1 km (0.6 mi) wide area. The entry areas are marked by billowing laze plumes. The interaction of lava with the ocean creates "laze", a corrosive seawater 

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Lava flowing across the landscape
June 24, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Lava Flows from Fissure 8

View to the southwest, looking "up" the lava channel. Lava flows from Fissure 8 (not pictured) through the open channel about 13 km (8 mi) to the ocean. Lava remains incandescent (glowing orange) along the entire length of the channel with sections of cooled lava (black) on the surface. The dark areas in the lower portion of the image are parts of the early lava flow from

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Lava fountain with lava flow
June 24, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Fissure 8 Fountain

At fissure 8, fountains provide a vigorous supply of lava that exits the cinder cone and drops over a spillway to enter a well-established 

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Geologist pointing into the distance along a road with a straight roadway beside him.
June 24, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Roadway Crack Observations

USGS field crews track activity in and around Leilani Estates in Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone. Observations are also collected on a daily basis from cracks in the area of Highway 130, shown here (no changes in temperature, crack width, or gas emissions have been noted recently).

Crater view
June 23, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Halema`uma`u Crater Collapse (June 23, 2018)

On June 23, 2018 at 4:32 p.m. HST after approximately 17 hours of elevated seismicity, a collapse explosion occurred at the summit if Kīlauea. The energy released by the

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Kīlauea fissure 8 lava channel transports "lava boats"...
June 23, 2018

Kīlauea fissure 8 lava channel transports "lava boats"

Geologists captured this time-lapse video of the perched lava channel issuing from fissure 8 on Kīlauea's lower East Rift Zone.

Rafts of accreted lava move down stream and look like boats moving down a river. These are termed lava balls or lava boats and form when portions of the fissure 8 cone or levees break away and are rafted down stream. As they move along

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Mauna Loa Back to Normal...
June 22, 2018

Mauna Loa Back to Normal

View of cinder cones in the Northeast Rift Zone near the summit of Mauna Loa. View to the north-northeast with Mauna Kea in the background. Mauna Loa has erupted 33 times since 1843, most recently erupting in 1975 and 1984. Photo credit: Matt Patrick, USGS

View of Halema`uma`u crater
June 22, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Halema‘uma‘u Crater

Halema'uma'u crater at 8:30 a.m., view is toward the south. Several benches are clearly visible within the crater. The benches are sections of the former crater rim and adjacent Kīlauea 

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Aerial of lava channel
June 22, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Fissure 8 Lava Channel

Early morning view of the open lava channelbeginning about 5 km (3.1 miles) from Fissure 8. The channel bends 90 degrees to the south (right) on the far side of

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June 21, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Lava Boats in Fissure 8 Channel

Geologists captured this time-lapse video of the perched lava channel issuing from 

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Amidst steam created by rain falling on the hot lava, another HVO g...
November 9, 2017

Scientists at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory routinely collect lava samples from Kīlauea and use the chemistry of these samples to infer the temperature of magma (molten rock below Earth's surface).

Activity at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō and on the 61g flow...
November 1, 2017

Activity at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō and on the 61g flow

The episode 61g Kamokuna ocean entry was still active today (Octobe...
October 26, 2017

Lava breakouts continue on the coastal plain and on the delta

USGS maps identify lava inundation zones for Mauna Loa...
October 26, 2017

Using detailed geologic mapping and modeling of how a fluid (in this case, lava) responds to surface topography, USGS-HVO constructed nine maps depicting 18 inundation zones on Mauna Loa. Each zone identifies a segment of the volcano that could erupt lava and send flows downslope. 

New USGS video about Kīlauea Volcano's summit eruption is now onlin...
October 19, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey has produced a documentary, "Kīlauea Summit Eruption–Lava Returns to Halema‘uma‘u," to tell the story of the eruption, and to share imagery of the inaccessible lava lake with the public.

pāhoehoe breakouts on the coastal plain...
October 13, 2017

Pāhoehoe breakouts on the coastal plain

HVO geologists relocate a time-lapse camera on the rim of the west ...
October 12, 2017

Breakouts remain active on flow field, changes to ocean entry lava delta

Summer 2017 goes out like a lion with hurricanes and earthquakes: r...
October 12, 2017

As the summer months began to wind down this year, Nature's fury began to wind up and grab much of the news cycle.

This video clip shows typical pāhoehoe breakouts on the coastal pla...
October 8, 2017

Breakouts remain active on the coastal plain and pali