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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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New ocean entry for lava...
April 12, 1996

The latest development in Kīlauea's ongoing eruption is a new ocean entry near Lae`apuki inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

April 5, 1996

When visitors to this island arrive at the Keahole airport and travel along the Queen Ka'ahumanu highway to a hotel in south Kohala, they cannot help but notice the bare, black, glistening fields of lava. The flows, with their glassy surfaces, appear to have erupted yesterday.

March 29, 1996

On Monday, April 1, 1996, scientists, historians, and public officials from Japan and the United States will convene in Hilo for a symposium to commemorate the 50th and 100th anniversaries of the disastrous tsunami earthquakes in the Aleutian Islands and in Sanriku, Japan, respectively.

March 22, 1996

On March 1, 1996, Dr. Margaret Thair Mangan succeeded David A. Clague as Scientist-in-Charge of the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and became the fifteenth person to lead this illustrious institution in its 84-year history.

Lava ccean entry and bench collapse...
March 15, 1996

The 13-year-old East Rift Zone eruption of Kīlauea Volcano has returned to the steady-state condition that existed prior to the dramatic eruptive surge on February 1st.

March 8, 1996

Monday, March 11, marks the anniversary of the last of a series of dramatic collapses at Kīlauea summit. On three occasions in February and March 1960 the floor of Halemaumau Crater broke apart and collapsed inward, raising a roiling black column of steam and rock dust 500 feet in the air. 

March 2, 1996

I will end my series of these columns with some thoughts about preparedness for future disasters and some personal thank-yous.

February 25, 1996

The "Volcano Watch" column first appeared on November 3, 1991. In the last four plus years, the staff and I have written 207 columns covering a wide range of topics, including updates on the ongoing eruption of Kīlauea, hazards posed by that eruption, long-term volcanic and seismic hazards in Hawaii, as well as descriptions of volcanic and seismic events worldwide.

Kīlauea eruption status after pause...
February 16, 1996

Kīlauea's 13-year-long eruption restarted on Valentine's day after a nine-day-long pause in activity. The renewed activity began about midnight on February 13 with changes in the ground vibrations recorded near the Pu'u 'O'o vent.

February 9, 1996

The staff of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) joined an international team of 25 scientists and technicians from the United States, Japan, and Italy to make the most detailed seismic recordings on Kīlauea Volcano, using the largest total number of seismic instruments ever installed on a volcano. 

February 1, 1996

On Thursday morning, February 1, Kīlauea Volcano had an intense swarm of small, shallow earthquakes and rapid ground deformation at the summit.

January 26, 1996

Today we face the third shutdown of the Federal government since mid-November. The lack of an operating budget, now fully four months into the 1996 fiscal year, which began on October 1, has had a crippling effect on the efficient execution of our responsibilities and programs.