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December 31, 2018

Hovering Above—UAS’ Role in the 2018 Kīlauea Volcano Eruption Response

The 2018 Kīlauea Volcano eruption marked the first time the federal government used Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to assist in an eruption response in the United States. The UAS were used to survey areas otherwise inaccessible or too hazardous for field crews or manned aircraft, collect multiple types of data, and provide 24/7 real-time situational awareness at Kīlauea

December 31, 2018

Hovering Above—UAS’ Role in the 2018 Kīlauea Volcano Eruption (AD)

The 2018 Kīlauea Volcano eruption marked the first time the federal government used Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to assist in an eruption response in the United States. The UAS were used to survey areas otherwise inaccessible or too hazardous for field crews or manned aircraft, collect multiple types of data, and provide 24/7 real-time situational awareness at Kīlauea

progression of the magmatic intrusion from Kīlauea
December 31, 2018

progression of the magmatic intrusion from Kīlauea

Earthquakes (red dots) track the progression of the magmatic intrusion from Kīlauea Volcano's middle East Rift Zone to the lower East Rift Zone between April 30 and May 3, 2018. Orange triangles show the locations of fissure 1 (right), which erupted on May 3, and Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō (left). The earthquakes shown here are well-located with magnitudes less than 3.5 and depths

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November 29, 2018

Impact of Future Climate and Non-Natives on HI's Aquatic Ecosystems

A warming climate will have fundamental impacts on freshwater, a critical driver of tropical island ecosystems. Declining baseflows are of particular concern as they threaten to interrupt the link between the freshwater habitats of adult migratory fish and the marine environments where their larvae grow and disperse, especially where habitat availability is already limited

November 7, 2018

3D model of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō's crater

This 3D model of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō's crater was created from thermal images during an overflight of the cone. The deepest portion of the crater is about 320 meters (1050 feet) below the crater floor that existed prior to April 30.

November 6, 2018

3D model of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō's crater was created from thermal images

This 3D model of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō's crater was created from thermal images during an overflight of the cone. The deepest portion of the crater is about 320 meters (1050 feet) below the crater floor that existed prior to April 30.

panoramic view, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park's Crater Rim Drive
October 16, 2018

panoramic view, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park's Crater Rim Drive

In this panoramic view, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park's Crater Rim Drive (left foreground) disappears into the enormous void created by the collapse of Halema‘uma‘u and portions of the Kīlauea caldera floor during the dramatic events at the summit of the volcano in May-August 2018.

September 11, 2018

Kīlauea Summit

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) team completed its mission at Kīlauea Volcano's summit, mapping changes within the caldera. Since August 4, 2018, the number of earthquakes at the summit have decreased and the rate of subsidence has stabilized. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission rates at the summit is less than 200 tonnes/day, which is lower than at any time since

September 5, 2018

Close Up of Cone Forming - Kīlauea Lower East Rift Zone

A closer view of the small cone forming on the floor of crater within fissure 8 today (Sept. 5). By this morning, bits of molten lava emitted from the cone every few seconds had built it up to an estimated height of around 3-4 m (about 10-13 ft).

September 4, 2018

Kīlauea lower East Rift Zone

On September 4-7, the Unmanned Aircraft Systems team flew several missions documenting changes within fissure 8 on Kīlauea's lower East Rift Zone. On September 4, lava erupted on the crater floor within the vent, building a small cone on the floor and creating a flow that did not extend beyond the vent walls. On September 5, gas bursts briefly lifted the crust over a small

September 4, 2018

Kīlauea Lower East Rift Zone

An Unmanned Aircraft Systems overflight yesterday (September 4, 2018) showed a small cone on the floor of the crater within fissure 8. The cone formed as lava erupted from an opening on the surface of the flow that covers the crater floor.

September 3, 2018

Low-Level Spatter on New Pad of Lava

During an overflight of fissure 8 this morning, HVO geologists observed low-level spattering on the new pad of lava within the cone. Slow-moving lava had just barely entered the spillway, but was not advancing down the channel.

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While mapping the flow margins, HVO geologists found an opening int...
August 9, 2017

Activity continues on the 61g flow field and at the ocean entry

Time-lapse sequence shows Halema‘uma‘u gas plume...
August 7, 2017

Time-lapse sequence shows Halema‘uma‘u gas plume

Lava cascades out of perched lava channel into lower channel, Pu‘u ...
August 3, 2017

Kīlauea has now passed the one-year anniversary of the episode 61g lava flow reaching the Pacific Ocean. But what was this busy volcano up to a decade ago?

On the coastal plain, the front of the June 26 breakout was stalled...
July 31, 2017

Kamokuna lava delta subsidence continues

Summit lava lake level continues dropping...
July 29, 2017

Summit lava lake level continues dropping

HVO geologists captured this image of a Koa‘e kea (white-tailed tro...
July 28, 2017

Time-lapse sequence of lava delta subsidence at ocean entry

Largest Hawaiian earthquake in a decade reminds us to be prepared...
July 27, 2017

On June 8, 2017, many Island of Hawai‘i residents were awakened by a sharp jolt just past 7 a.m. This natural wake-up call was caused by a magnitude-5.3 earthquake, the largest to strike Hawaii in over a decade.

Weak, scattered breakouts on the coastal plain...
July 25, 2017

Weak, scattered breakouts on the coastal plain

Kīlauea Volcano's Kamokuna ocean entry reaches its one-year anniver...
July 20, 2017

July 26th marks the one-year anniversary of Kīlauea Volcano's episode 61g lava flow reaching the sea. And at this time, there's no indication that the Kamokuna ocean entry will soon end.

Clear evening views of Halema‘uma‘u's lava lake...
July 20, 2017

Clear evening views of Halema‘uma‘u's lava lake

Greater White-fronted Goose on the North Slope of Alaska
July 17, 2017

Direct encounters with humans can increase the likelihood that nesting geese will lose their eggs to predators, according to a recent study released Monday, July 17.