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Small-scale map of Kīlauea's East Rift Zone lava flow...
February 5, 2015

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

Large-scale map of Kīlauea's East Rift Zone lava flow...
February 5, 2015

This large-scale map shows the distal part of Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow in relation to nearby Puna communities.

Satellite image of area around front of Kīlauea's East Rift Zone la...
February 5, 2015

This large-scale map uses a satellite image acquired in March 2014 (provided by Digital Globe) as a base to show the area around the front of Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow.

Small-scale map of Kīlauea's East Rift Zone lava flow...
January 30, 2015

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

Large-scale map of Kīlauea's East Rift Zone lava flow...
January 30, 2015

This large-scale map shows the distal part of Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow in relation to nearby Puna communities.

Small-scale map of Kīlauea's East Rift Zone lava flow...
January 29, 2015

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

Large-scale map of Kīlauea's East Rift Zone lava flow...
January 29, 2015

This large-scale map shows the distal part of Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow in relation to nearby Puna communities.

Satellite image of area around front of Kīlauea's East Rift Zone la...
January 29, 2015

This large-scale map uses a satellite image acquired in March 2014 (provided by Digital Globe) as a base to show the area around the front of Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow. 

Satellite image of area around front of Kīlauea's East Rift Zone la...
January 26, 2015

This large-scale map uses a satellite image acquired in March 2014 (provided by Digital Globe) as a base to show the area around the front of Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow.

Small-scale map of Kīlauea's East Rift Zone lava flow...
January 22, 2015

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

Large-scale map of Kīlauea's East Rift Zone lava flow...
January 22, 2015

This large-scale map shows the distal part of Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow in relation to nearby Puna communities. 

Thermal overlay of distal part of flow field...
January 22, 2015

This map overlays a georegistered mosaic of thermal images collected during a helicopter overflight of the distal part of Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow on January 22 at about 9:15 AM. 

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Annotated photo looking at fissure 8 lava channels and identifying lava flows in residential areas and the ocean entry
July 2, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Fissure 8 Channel (Annotated)

Annotated drone image of Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone fissure 8 lava channel. Image captured near Kapoho Crater looking east toward the ocean entry. Incandescent flow margin is more easily identified in the dark - specifically here in the area of Kapoho Beach Lots.

Aerial of lava channels
July 2, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Open Lava Channels

Fountains from Fissure 8 spatter cone continue to supply lava to the open channel with intermittent small, short-

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July 1, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Whirlwind Above Fissure 8

In the Leilani Estates subdivision, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory field crews monitoring 

July 1, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Collapse/Explosion Event at Halema‘uma‘u

On June 30, 2018, at 02:51 PM HST, a collapse/explosion event occurred at Kīlauea's summit. An ash-poor 

Animation showing changes in summit size on a map
June 30, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Animation of Summit Drop

This animated GIF shows a sequence of radar amplitude images that were acquired by the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana CosmoSkyMed satellite system. The images illustrate changes to the 

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Lava channels coming from a distant fissure
June 30, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Lava Channels from Fissure 8

Lava from fissure 8 is fed into a channel that travels about 13 km (8 mi) to the sea. A 

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A geologist stands in a field with a video camera recording a fissure eruption in the distance.
June 30, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Video Data of Fissure 8

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Matt Patrick acquires video of fissure 8 and the lava channel from Pohoiki Road/Highway 132. The video is used to document fountain behavior and lava flow characteristics, and how they change with time.

Ocean entries from lava flows
June 30, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Ocean Entry at Kapoho

Lava was entering the ocean over a broad area this morning. This image shows an active entry area along the northern flow front at Kapoho. View to the south.

Lava flowing around islands of older lava in a lava channel
June 30, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Lava Flowing Around Channel Islands

Lava flows around islands in the lava channel. The direction of flow is from the upper right to lower left. Field crews can make a rough calculation of velocity by timing large blocks as they pass between two landmarks that are a known distance apart.

Lava entering Kapoho Bay area
June 30, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Kapoho Coast

At the Kapoho coast, lava enters the ocean along the northern margin of the flow field. 

View of the summit with dust rising from a small rockfall
June 30, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Summit Rockfalls

View of Kīlauea Volcano's summit. The brown visible dust coming from Halema‘uma‘u is from rockfalls.

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First high-definition thermal image of the Halemaumau lava lake
January 4, 2018

With the Wolf Moon illuminating Kīlauea Caldera from above and the Halema‘uma‘u lava lake glowing below, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) looks forward to another year of investigating the island's magnificent, active volcanoes. Not surprisingly, 2018 will see additions and improvements to our monitoring and research toolkit.

Happy birthday Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō! A look back at what happened in 2017...
December 28, 2017

On January 3, 2018, Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō on Kīlauea Volcano's East Rift Zone reaches its 35th birthday. 

Evolving tube network blocked and diverted lava from the Kamokuna d...
December 21, 2017

Lava erupting from the active vent on the east flank of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō has not entered the ocean or reached the Kamokuna lava delta during the past month. Instead, small lava flows are scattered across the 61g flow field, breaking out from the lava-tube network between Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō and the coastal plain.

An image from a Halema‘uma‘u time-lapse camera taken on December 5 ...
December 15, 2017

Recent collapses into Kīlauea's summit lava lake

Progress can be slow but adds up...
December 14, 2017

Where do we stand today with big-picture knowledge of Kīlauea and Mauna Loa acquired in the past few decades?

Clear views at Kīlauea summit and east rift zone eruptions...
December 12, 2017

Clear views at Kīlauea's summit and East Rift Zone eruptions

January is Volcano Awareness Month on the Island of Hawai‘i ...
December 7, 2017

January 2018 is Hawai‘i Island's 9th annual Volcano Awareness Month. 

New camera shows snowfall on summit...
December 3, 2017

A new HVO webcam provides improved views of Mauna Loa's summit caldera, Moku‘āweoweo, from the northwest rim. 

Did aerial bombing stop the 1935 Mauna Loa lava flow?...
November 30, 2017

A widely-held belief is that Thomas Jaggar, founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, was able to stop a Mauna Loa lava flow in 1935. But is it true?

CT scans and photographs of coral collected from reef near polluted groundwater seeps. One set shows more erosion than the other
November 27, 2017

Coral reefs already stressed by ocean acidification are particularly vulnerable to polluted groundwater, according to a recent study by USGS geologist Nancy Prouty and colleagues.

What do we call new land at Kīlauea Volcano's ocean entries?...
November 23, 2017

If you follow Kīlauea Volcano's ongoing East Rift Zone eruption, you are likely aware that when lava enters the ocean, it often forms new land. But what is this new land called?