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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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Aerial of lava entering ocean
June 13, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Ocean Entry

View of the ocean entry and the resulting laze plume where 

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Aerial view of new Kapoho land area
June 13, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Kapoho New Land

Closer view of new land in the Kapoho area. The new coastline, following the ragged lava-ocean interface, is approximately 2.1 km (1.3 mi) in length. The white steam/laze plume marks the location of the most active lava entry site during the morning overflight.

Aerial view of ocean entry
June 13, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Ocean Entry Laze Plume

View of the ocean entry and the resulting laze plume where lava is entering the sea.

Aerial of fissure 8 lava flow
June 13, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Fissure 8

Fissure 8 lava fountain during this morning's overflight of the lower East Rift Zone. Steam and fume rises from 

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Fissure 8 from the ground
June 13, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Fissure 8

Fissure 8 fountains to heights of 130-140 ft. The lava spatter chills and the fragments are building a cone on the downwind side, now nearly as tall as the fountain itself.
 

June 13, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — UAS Survey of Halema‘uma‘u Crater Rim

A UAS mission on June 13, 2018, filmed details of the dramatic changes occurring within Halema‘uma‘u crater at Kīlauea's summit since explosive eruptions of 

Lava flows entering the ocean
June 12, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Multiple Ocean Entries

The south side of the ocean entry was most active today, with many small streams of lava and corresponding steam plumes spread along a fairly broad section of the southern part of the delta. USGS image taken June 12, 2018, around 6:13 AM.

Aerial view of Kapoho Bay
June 12, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Kapoho Bay

Aerial view of the ocean entry at Kapoho, where a lava delta about 250 acres in size is filling the bay. USGS image taken June 12, 2018, around 6:50 a.m. HST.

Braided lava channels
June 12, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Braided Lava Channels

Fissure 8 (fountain visible in distance) feeds lava into an active braided channel that flows about 8 miles (north, then east) to the ocean entry in Kapoho Bay. USGS image taken June 12, 2018, around 6:50 a.m. HST.

Aerial of crater cracks
June 12, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Halema`uma`u Crater Cracks

A closer view of the cracks cutting across the parking lot for the former Halema‘uma‘u visitor overlook (closed since 2008, when an active vent opened within the crater). Additional photos—ground views—of the parking lot cracks were posted on June 7 and 11.

June 12, 2018

Kīlauea Volcano — Kapoho Bay

Aerial views of the ocean entry on Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone on June 12, 2018, around 6:30 a.m. HST, show multiple small 

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Kīlauea is home to America's first volcano observatory...
February 2, 2017

A brief history of America's first volcano observatory—the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO).

The entire section of the sea cliff that was seaward of the hot cra...
February 1, 2017

Crack above Kīlauea's ocean entry has widened, increasing instability of sea cliff

At Kīlauea's ocean entry on Jan. 28 and 29, the interaction of molt...
January 30, 2017

Ground crack at Kīlauea ocean entry is cause for concern

This video shows a wider view of the open lava stream at the ocean ...
January 28, 2017

Open lava stream continues at ocean entry

Exploring USGS volcano observatories—Part 4: Yellowstone ...
January 26, 2017

Hawai‘i Island's 2017 Volcano Awareness Month is almost over, and our Volcano Watch series about U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) volcano observatories and their connections to Hawaii is also coming to an end. This week, we visit the observatory that monitors a volcano that produced some of the largest eruptions known on Earth—Yellowstone!

A close up of the lava stream pouring out of the tube and directly ...
January 25, 2017

Lava continues to stream out of tube at Kamokuna ocean entry

The ups and downs of Kīlauea Volcano's summit lava lake...
January 24, 2017

The ups and downs of Kīlauea Volcano's summit lava lake

Rising summit lava lake level improves views of spattering...
January 19, 2017

Rising summit lava lake level improves views of spattering

Exploring USGS volcano observatories—Part 3: California...
January 19, 2017

This month, our Volcano Watch articles are exploring U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) volcano observatories and their connections to Hawai‘i. This week: California, here we come!

In places, the dark-colored veneer of lava, or bathtub rings, have ...
January 15, 2017

Lower level of Kīlauea's summit lava lake exposes vent wall

Exploring USGS volcano observatories—Part 2: Alaska...
January 12, 2017

As part of Volcano Awareness Month, our January Volcano Watch articles are exploring the U.S. Geological Survey's volcano observatories and their connections to Hawaii. We continue this week with a visit to Alaska.