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Date published: June 26, 2008

Volcano Watch — HVO Hot Shots See the Heat at Kīlauea

If you keep an eye on the Kīlauea update images posted on the HVO website, you may have noticed over the last few months that we have occasionally shown thermal images of the ongoing activity. The images typically have a background of black and blue, representing lower temperatures, with bright areas of red and orange showing higher temperature areas, such as active lava.

Date published: June 12, 2008

Volcano Watch — The Puzzling Plume

The new Halema`uma`u Overlook vent is now only three months old, and the accompanying plume is relatively small in terms of previous explosive eruptions of Kīlauea, but it has been front page news to Hawai`i's citizens and visitors.

Date published: June 5, 2008

Volcano Watch — What to worry about in Kīlauea volcanic emissions?

Even with the focus on sulfur dioxide gas (SO2) and vog, inquisitive individuals have asked about other things emitted by Kīlauea volcano. Here's the rest of the story.

Date published: May 29, 2008

Volcano Watch — The Rooftop View at Pele's House is Magnificent

Since March 12, when a billowing cloud of fume erupted from the east wall of Halema`uma`u, thousands of Hawai`i residents and visitors have gazed out across Kīlauea caldera to the site of the new vent. Its mesmerizing presence in the day and warm glow at night have captured the imagination of numerous photographers.

Date published: May 22, 2008

Volcano Watch — Murky Crystal Ball Suggests Potential for Voggy Future at Kīlauea

As the vog wears on us, it might be a good time to get out the crystal ball and try to guess what might happen in the next months, years, and even decades. There are, of course, no facts about the future, but the crystal-ball picture is not pretty.

Date published: May 15, 2008

Volcano Watch — Pele's Cooking More Than Vog -- "Precious" Jewels Also Stewing in Her Cauldron

After the series of explosions at Halema`uma`u Crater, the overlook area appeared to be a stark, boulder-strewn field completely devoid of life.

Date published: May 8, 2008

Volcano Watch — Ashes, Ashes, All Fall Down

Recent activity at Kīlauea's summit caused HVO scientists to hit the books, because such behavior hasn't been previously documented.

Date published: May 1, 2008

Volcano Watch — Who owns new coastal lands created by lava flows?

Many visitors to the HVO website have asked about the white structures visible in the photos of lava flowing across the coastal plain and into the ocean over the past two months. The biggest mystery is the hexagonal structure closest to the Waikupanaha ocean entry. What is it, and why is it there?

Date published: April 24, 2008

Volcano Watch — Professor Jaggar Would Have Loved This View

Unusual, tantalizing, mesmerizing. Adrenaline-spiking, mid-life crisis(?). These words have been used in our recent Volcano Watch reports as we present our observations and describe Kīlauea Volcano's behaviors related to and following the explosion that occurred at Halema`uma`u on March 19. The event has definitely been unique in our modern era of volcano watching.

Date published: April 17, 2008

Volcano Watch — Unfamiliar Tricks from our Familiar Volcano

A human lifespan is but a blink of an eye compared to Kīlauea's 300,000-600,000 years of existence.

Date published: April 10, 2008

Volcano Watch — Eventful Week at Kīlauea's Summit Culminates in Small Explosion at Halema`uma`u

It was a busy week atop our favorite volcano as Halema`uma`u continued to emit a towering white plume of gas and ash that was visible for miles around.

Date published: April 10, 2008

USGS HVO Press Release — Halema‘uma‘u Vent Explodes a Second Time

A second explosion from the new vent in Halema‘uma‘u Crater occurred at 11:08 p.m., HST, on April 9, 2008. The explosion was smaller in magnitude than the one on March 19, 2008, but enlarged the vent by 5–10 meters (15–30 feet).