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The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory issues Volcano Updates for Hualālai as activity warrants.

Alert Level: NORMAL, Color Code: GREEN 2024-05-02 18:52:19 UTC

U.S. Geological Survey
Thursday, May 2, 2024, 8:52 AM HST (Thursday, May 2, 2024, 18:52 UTC)

19°41'31" N 155°52'12" W, Summit Elevation 8278 ft (2523 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: NORMAL
Current Aviation Color Code: GREEN

No significant activity was detected at Hualālai volcano during the past month. Seismic activity remained low, and was representative of background activity levels at the volcano; all earthquakes were of small magnitudes (below M3.0). The continuously recording Global Positioning System (GPS) instrument on Hualālai recorded no significant deformation in the past month.

Background: Hualālai is the third most active volcano on the Island of Hawaiʻi and typically erupts two to three times per 1,000 years. Hualālai last erupted in 1801 and, more recently, had a damaging seismic swarm in 1929 that was probably the result of a shallow intrusion of magma. Hualālai Volcano is monitored by a continuous GPS instrument and seismometer located southeast of the summit, as well as several instruments on nearby flanks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. Key sites on Hualālai and western Mauna Loa are resurveyed using GPS receivers every few years to detect any changes in the volcano's shape.

More Information:
Hualālai volcano summary also available by phone: (808) 967-8877
Hualālai website:

This notice contains volcanoes not displayed here: Mauna Loa (NORMAL/GREEN), Haleakala (NORMAL/GREEN), Mauna Kea (NORMAL/GREEN), Kama'ehuakanaloa (UNASSIGNED/UNASSIGNED).

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is one of five volcano observatories within the U.S. Geological Survey and is responsible for monitoring volcanoes and earthquakes in Hawaiʻi and American Samoa.


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