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Building a New Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

The HVO, perched on the rim of Kīlauea Volcano’s summit caldera in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, sustained damage owing to ground deformation and repeated earthquakes associated with the collapse of the summit crater during the eruptive activity at Kīlauea.


HVO in Hawaii
HVO in Hawaii 


  • The USGS will build a permanent HVO facility in Hilo based upon mission requirements, costs, benefits, and risks.
  • Volcanic hazards for the new facility in Hilo will be much lower than reestablishment at Kīlauea’s summit.