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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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Image: An Endangered Honeycreeper, the  `Akeke`e (Kauai Akepa), in Hawaii

An Endangered Honeycreeper, the `Akeke`e (Kauai Akepa), in Hawaii

Many species of Hawaiian honeycreepers have persisted into the 20th century because high elevation rain forests on the islands of Kaua’i, Maui, and Hawai’i are cool enough to limit transmission of introduced avian malaria (Plasmodium relictum). Malaria transmission is tied closely to the effects of temperature on development of malarial parasites within their

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Children pose with 8 ton ballistic block at Kīlauea volcano, Hawai‘...

Children pose with 8 ton ballistic block at Kīlauea, Hawai‘i.

Some of the large ballistic blocks from the Kīlauea eruption of 1924 later became visitor attractions. Many of these blocks remain in place today as evidence of the forces unleashed at Kīlauea during the eruption of 1924.

KW webcam shows that Halema‘uma‘u lava lake island rotated

The KW webcam continues to document activity in Halema‘uma‘u crater at Kīlauea's summit. The webcam is located on the west rim of the crater, and looks to the east across Halema‘uma‘u (in the images, north is to the left and south is to the right). The first image, taken at just after 6:30 a.m. HST on December 27, 2020, HST shows the largest island in the lava lake

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Clear day view of PE cam

[PEcam] Puʻu ʻŌʻō East Flank from East of Puʻu ʻŌʻō

This image is from a temporary research camera positioned northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, on Puʻu Halulu, looking southwest toward the northeast flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

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The webcams are operational 24/7 and faithfully record the dark of night if there are no sources of incandescence or other lights. Thermal webcams record heat rather than light

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Image: An Endangered Honeycreeper, the `Akikiki (Kaua`i Creeper), in Hawaii

An Endangered Honeycreeper, the `Akikiki (Kaua`i Creeper), in Hawaii

Many species of Hawaiian honeycreepers have persisted into the 20th century because high elevation rain forests on the islands of Kaua’i, Maui, and Hawai’i are cool enough to limit transmission of introduced avian malaria (Plasmodium relictum). Malaria transmission is tied closely to the effects of temperature on development of malarial parasites within their

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Island of Hawai‘i map, showing Mauna Loa and the other four volcano...

Island of Hawai‘i map, showing Mauna Loa and the other four volcano...

Island of Hawai‘i map, showing Mauna Loa and the other four volcanoes that make up the island. Mauna Loa structural features include summit caldera, rift zones, radial vents, and historical lava flows.

USGS
March 29, 2018

Preliminary Analysis of Hazards at the Kamokuna Ocean Entry

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Preliminary Analysis of Hazards at the Kamokuna Ocean Entry

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Clear day view of PW cam

[PWcam] Puʻu ʻŌʻō West Flank from Puʻu ʻŌʻō

This image is from a research camera positioned on the northwest flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, looking southwest. On the morning of May 24, 2016, this camera was rotated to be pointed northeast to follow a new breakout on the east flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

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USGS
September 17, 1993

The Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes at the University of Hawai`i in Hilo and the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory sponsored a public symposium on the prediction and mitigation of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes about a month ago. One of the topics mentioned at the symposium was the role of scientists and of other public officials.
 

USGS
September 10, 1993

The Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo and the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory sponsored a public symposium on the prediction and mitigation of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes about a month ago.

USGS
September 3, 1993

Several weeks ago, on August 12, the Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo and the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory held a public seminar on the prediction and mitigation of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

Eruption makes spectacular entry into sea...
August 27, 1993

The eruption on Kīlauea's East Rift Zone continues with lava flowing into the sea at Kamoamoa. Lava is fed to the ocean in underground tubes from two erupting vents on the south and west sides of the Pu`u `O`o cone. 

Five earthquakes shook Big Island in two weeks...
August 20, 1993

Hawai`i had five felt earthquakes in the last two weeks. The activity included a magnitude 3.7 shock at 12:29 a.m. on August 12. This earthquake was located offshore from Kawaihae at a depth of nearly 34 miles.

USGS
August 13, 1993

One of the tools we use to determine the likelihood of future eruptions and earthquakes is to measure changes in the shape of the ground surface.

USGS
August 6, 1993

A symposium will be held this week on Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo, Campus Center Rooms 306 and 307, with scientists, government officials, and the public participating in broad-ranging discussions about volcanic eruptions and earthquakes in Hawai`i.

Kīlauea lava resumes ocean flow...
July 30, 1993

The eruption along Kīlauea's East Rift Zone paused briefly a week ago, beginning Friday morning but activity had resumed again by last Sunday afternoon.

Flow stops, but eruption goes on...
July 23, 1993

Regular readers of this column may have noticed that the last week's column ended in mid-sentence. This unfortunate situation was caused by an inadvertent mistake in layout. 

Tsunami, landslide cause most quake damage...
July 16, 1993

A great earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.8, struck northern Japan during the night on Monday, July 12. Most of the deaths were attributed to a tsunami that was generated by the earthquake, but other people were killed in a landslide and by falling buildings.

USGS
July 9, 1993

The 10-year-long eruption on Kīlauea's East Rift Zone continues with lava flowing from the vents on the south and west sides of Pu`u `O`o to the sea in underground tubes.
 

Lava from Kīlauea's East Rift Zone lessens...
June 18, 1993

The 10-year-long eruption on Kīlauea's East Rift Zone continues, with the only change being a decrease in eruption rate over the last few weeks. This decrease in rate correlates with the slowly deepening surface of the lava pond inside the Pu`u `O`o cone, as reported last week.