Hualālai RSS feed of news related to Hualālai en Photo and Video Chronology – HVO upgrades Hualālai Repeater and installs new webcam – April 19, 2023;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>During the week of April 10, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory upgraded the Hualālai Repeater station and installed a new webcam looking at the northwest flank of Mauna Loa.</p> Tue, 18 Apr 2023 21:48:04 EDT 7b05199e-80c1-4f7d-af26-961428bed420 ( U.S. Geological Survey Photo and Video Chronology – Kīlauea Seismic Imaging Project Begins – April 18, 2023;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Fieldwork for the Kīlauea Seismic Imaging Project, which will provide a new detailed view of shallow subsurface structures and the magma system beneath Kīlauea volcano’s summit, began on April 17, 2023.</p> Tue, 18 Apr 2023 16:45:16 EDT c61dc49d-0f98-4f45-9fb6-13f938c4e14b ( U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Watch — Hualālai’s Wahapele eruption: cone-building, explosive phreatic activity, and lava flows;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>While our attention is generally drawn to the Island of Hawai‘i’s most active volcanoes, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, it is also important to keep watch on the Island of Hawai‘i’s third-most active volcano, Hualālai, which underlies the most populated areas of Kailua-Kona and the central Kona coast.</p> Thu, 28 Jul 2022 20:26:37 EDT 68c14c93-9ef8-4cf0-b3ca-29162750ed36 ( U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Watch — What is a volcano?;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>What makes a volcano a volcano? This was the topic of a “Volcano Watch” article about 20 years ago. Recent questions from visitors suggest this remains a topic of great interest and deserves revisiting.</p> Thu, 14 Jul 2022 21:51:56 EDT 865a4012-fea6-4f72-b783-15fb0a587ea9 ( U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Watch — Something new from something old: A new Geologic Map of the State of Hawaiʻi;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The original purpose of geologic mapping in Hawaiʻi was to understand the distribution of groundwater and soils to support agriculture. But as geologic maps have been developed over time, they’ve provided basic information on how the Hawaiian Islands evolved, the workings of individual volcanoes, and the relative degree of long-term hazards posed.</p> Thu, 17 Feb 2022 20:51:55 EST 2f842af4-ff1f-4b33-98c9-3bd956c6fd52 ( U.S. Geological Survey 2021: A year of earthquake activity on the Island of Hawai‘i — Volcano Awareness Month 2022 Seismology Update;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The third in a series of recorded talks by HVO staff that will be posted on our website throughout the month of January. These talks are presented as part of the Island of Hawai‘i’s annual Volcano Awareness Month, an effort to increase understanding of Hawaiian volcanoes among residents and visitors. Questions? Email</p> Tue, 11 Jan 2022 16:03:20 EST 37825f16-ff9b-48f3-b876-d7f046bab2e5 ( U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Watch — Looking for maps? GIS data? Try the HVO publications page!;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Many messages to AskHVO ( request resources relating to geologic maps and geographic information systems (GIS) data. "Is there a map of a certain lava flow?" "Where can I find the associated GIS data?" All HVO and USGS publications are searchable at, but this service is most effective if you already know what to look for.</p> Thu, 30 Apr 2020 08:45:00 EDT 148ff294-e05f-4648-ade3-6ecca3b6a16a ( U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Watch — HVO's geological sample collections are an important resource;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>In the past, HVO would occasionally post images of people collecting lava samples on our website. These photos usually featured a person (with little-exposed skin) holding a rock hammer, with a metal bucket nearby. The bucket contained water to "quench" the sample, solidifying the hot lava into a cold glass.</p> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 08:30:00 EDT 054d34f5-abe8-4a92-b9a4-ef14f27fe901 ( U.S. Geological Survey How to stay informed about Hawaiian volcanoes;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Information about how to stay informed about Hawaiian volcanoes.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2019 01:00:00 EST e90fb174-82e8-4207-a32c-1f5b5569bfe9 ( U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Awareness Month;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>January 2019 is Hawaiʻi Island's 10th annual Volcano Awareness Month.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 01:00:00 EST 6faf4564-9a87-4b3f-b910-d395ff28b387 ( U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Watch - Why do some Hawaii earthquakes occur so far offshore?;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Earthquakes in Hawaii are intimately related to the volcanoes. In addition to helping scientists track moving magma, sometimes they happen simply because the earth under the island chain gets bent out of shape.</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2019 04:30:00 EST 857296f9-7c86-4a05-a6d0-1171ef742164 ( U.S. Geological Survey Update on January 2019 Volcano Awareness Month Presentations;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Due to the lapse in appropriations, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists are unable to present public lectures as planned.</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:00:00 EST 9dc3de2a-1548-466b-802f-479558262769 ( U.S. Geological Survey Update on January 2019 Volcano Awareness Month Presentations;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Due to the lapse in appropriations, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists are unable to present lectures as planned. </p> Sun, 6 Jan 2019 01:00:00 EST bb42e9ba-b08f-4fb6-a924-37f8f2da6a1d ( U.S. Geological Survey We continue to monitor and report on volcanic activity during any lapse in appropriations.;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>During the current federal government shutdown, the Volcano Hazard Program and all five U.S. Volcano Observatories will continue to issue updates, warnings, and notifications through the usual channels, including websites, email, and social media. </p> Fri, 21 Dec 2018 01:00:00 EST 5afe2639-49ce-4e3a-963b-fcb2b1bfb46f ( U.S. Geological Survey Which U.S. volcanoes pose a threat?;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p><strong><em>USGS Volcanic Threat Assessment updates the 2005 rankings.</em></strong></p> Wed, 19 Dec 2018 06:30:00 EST 08f5af1a-b03f-47b2-b491-2519c2d0c27e ( U.S. Geological Survey Volcanic threat assessment helps prioritize risk reduction efforts at U.S. volcanoes;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The U.S. Geological Survey assesses active and potentially active volcanoes in the U.S., focusing on history, hazards and the exposure of people, property and infrastructure to harm during an eruption. The findings are in the newly published 2018 Update to the U.S. Geological Survey National Volcanic Threat Assessment.</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2018 02:00:00 EDT 4044a161-26ab-42f3-bb11-cabbe1fef0a0 ( U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Watch — Threat Rankings of our Nation’s geologically young volcanoes;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>What exactly do volcano threat rankings mean?</p> Thu, 2 Nov 2017 02:00:00 EDT 83dcd0cf-b1ca-4e8c-885d-3dd17b06c43c ( U.S. Geological Survey USGS HVO Press Release — Magnitude-4.7 offshore earthquake north of Hawai‘i and east of Maui;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) recorded a magnitude-4.7 earthquake north of the Island of Hawai‘i and east of the Island of Maui on Thursday, March 31, at 11:16 p.m., HST. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has determined that no damaging tsunami was generated (</p> Fri, 1 Apr 2016 02:00:00 EDT d6bd31a6-d34a-4f82-93fc-60cc7cfc9933 ( U.S. Geological Survey USGS HVO Press Release — Magnitude-4.6 earthquake southwest of Waimea, Island of Hawai‘i;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) recorded a magnitude-4.6 earthquakelocated beneath the Island of Hawai‘i on Sunday, March 20, at 6:43 a.m., HST. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has determined that no damaging tsunami was generated (</p> Sun, 20 Mar 2016 02:00:00 EDT 7664bf2a-1948-4101-9de6-cd2dcab9165e ( U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Watch — A geological tour of the Hawaiian Islands: Hawai‘i;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>As the 2016 Volcano Awareness Month comes to an end, so too does our series of "Volcano Watch" articles exploring the geology of the Hawaiian Islands. This week, we conclude our journey with the Island of Hawai‘i.</p> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 01:00:00 EST 69f3aa97-2f97-4262-832c-08c7c9ff402c ( U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Watch — What will the next eruption of Hualālai be like?;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Hualālai, looming majestically above Kailua-Kona, is Hawai‘i's third most active volcano ( The U.S. Geological Survey classifies it as a "high threat" volcano, based on its frequency of eruptions and the proximity of its vents to developed areas.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 07:30:00 EDT Anonymous da96a7a5-ad60-4f28-b6b2-11022555a550 (Anonymous) U.S. Geological Survey USGS HVO Press Release — Current status of Hawai‘i Island's volcanoes presented in Kona;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Hawai‘i ISLAND, Hawai‘i – The current status of Hawai‘i Island's active volcanoes and how they are monitored will be the topic of a Volcano Awareness Month program in Kailua-Kona on Wednesday, January 11.</p> Fri, 6 Jan 2012 01:00:00 EST 0f43953d-5384-4697-9ec6-95269ffab3d4 ( U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Watch — Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the hottest of them all?;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Hawai‘i is the quintessential "hotspot." The geologic definition of a "hotspot" is that region of the Earth beneath an area that has experienced high levels of active volcanism for an extended period of time. The 5,800-km (3,200-mi) -long Hawaiian-Emperor Seamount chain is a testament to the longevity of the Hawaiian hotspot.</p> Thu, 21 Oct 2010 06:00:00 EDT Anonymous bd643226-edb3-435e-a2ff-8ebd72a9e05e (Anonymous) U.S. Geological Survey USGS HVO Press Release — Hualālai: Hawai‘i's Third Active Volcano;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The public is invited to learn about Hualālai volcano directly from the experts. U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist Jim Kauahikaua will give a presentation on Thursday, January 14, at 7:00 p.m., in the Kealakehe High School Cafeteria.</p> Mon, 11 Jan 2010 01:00:00 EST a726adf7-111d-4d00-b4a6-61985cddc61c ( U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Watch — How well do you know the volcanoes in your backyard?;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>We often hear the term "IQ" (intelligence quotient)—but how would you rate your "VAQ" (volcano awareness quotient)? In other words, how well do you know the volcanoes in your backyard?</p> Thu, 3 Dec 2009 08:00:00 EST Anonymous 787175a8-58e8-483a-a17f-dfc3bf7c1bd4 (Anonymous) U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Watch — Hualālai is Third Most Active Volcano in Hawai`i;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The West Hawai`i Today issue for September 11, 2009, contained a letter to the editor titled "Hualālai is a real and present threat." The writer's main point was that "Hualālai is the 'secret in the closet' that nobody wants to talk about," that Hualālai is under-monitored, and that, should Hualālai erupt, there is no evacuation plan.</p> Thu, 1 Oct 2009 06:00:00 EDT Anonymous c16376bc-fbaa-41a5-a40c-a6132ac077d3 (Anonymous) U.S. Geological Survey USGS HVO Press Release — Annual Surveys of Hawai‘i's Volcanoes Are Underway;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>If you see someone alongside the road next to a white disk-shaped antenna atop a yellow tripod, it could be a U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) geophysicist setting up a GPS (Global Positioning System) station to track changes on Hawai‘i's active volcanoes.</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2009 02:00:00 EDT 10ea36ad-4c30-42ce-92e0-bf82cfa5b0ec ( U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Watch — State of Hawai`i geologic map available online;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>A new geologic map of the State of Hawai`i became publicly available this week. The publication is free online as U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2007-1089. The compilation was done primarily by Dave Sherrod, former staff member of HVO.<br />  </p> Thu, 24 May 2007 08:45:00 EDT Anonymous a7a9209a-029d-49ca-bb64-367829c346e8 (Anonymous) U.S. Geological Survey USGS HVO Press Release — Two Damaging Earthquakes with Magnitude-6.6 and 5.8 Occur on Northwest side of Hawai‘i Island;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Two earthquakes of magnitude-6.6 and 5.8 (preliminary) were recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on October 15, at 7:07 and 7:14 A.M. HST, respectively. </p> Sun, 15 Oct 2006 02:00:00 EDT a809738e-e2b2-4020-8a28-11e6ce2ea1d8 ( U.S. Geological Survey Photo & Video Chronology - Hualālai - March 29, 2006;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>A beautiful sunrise of the mountainside. Photo taken from the top of Hualālai volcano.</p> Wed, 29 Mar 2006 04:00:00 EST bbe3a53e-58b3-4a34-a5e3-e6a5c3161cd9 ( U.S. Geological Survey