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Date published: June 1, 2000

Volcano Watch — The next eruption of Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea's peaceful appearance is misleading. The volcano is not dead. It erupted many times between 60,000 and 4,000 years ago, and some periods of quiet during that time apparently lasted longer than 4,000 years. Given that record, future eruptions seem almost certain.

Date published: May 25, 2000

Volcano Watch — Dissolved gases improve our understanding of eruptive processes

"Why should I believe something I can't see, especially since I already don't believe so many things that I can see?" This verbal barb is sometimes used by volcanologists during good-natured, "tongue-fu" exchanges, as when arguing about which discipline—say, geology, seismology, geophysics—is "best" for determining what the volcano has done or might do next.

Date published: May 18, 2000

Volcano Watch — Mosquito and pig: cautionary tale of two alien species

Mosquitoes are not native to the Hawaiian Islands. Anyone driven away from an outdoor activity or rudely awakened by a biting mosquito would agree that the islands of old were indeed a paradise. 

Date published: May 11, 2000

Volcano Watch — 20th anniversary of the catastrophic eruption

May 18th marks the 20th anniversary of the catastrophic eruption of Mount St. Helens that laid waste to over 540 square km (200 sq mi) of forest, killing 57 people and countless wildlife. Hundreds of kilometers away in eastern Washington, as much as 5 cm (2 in) of ash fell, closing the interstate highway from Seattle to Spokane for a week and paralyzing air traffic.

Date published: May 4, 2000

Volcano Watch — HVO and Show Biz; unlikely but useful bedfellows

Kīlauea is a magnet to volcanologists, visitors, and television production companies alike, drawn from around the word by the spell of its eruptions. Kīlauea is also of great interest to those who cannot travel here to see it firsthand. So, it is reasonable that HVO should work with TV crews to bring the Kīlauea story into tens of millions of homes on all continents.

Date published: May 1, 2000

Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - May 1, 2000

Lehua blossom from the ‘ōhi‘a tree - The flower of Hawai‘i

Date published: April 27, 2000

Volcano Watch — Strainmeters to be installed on Mauna Loa this summer

Mauna Loa Volcano last erupted 1984. Lava flows from vents in its northeast rift zone reached within seven kilometers (four miles) of Hilo. When and from where will it erupt next?

Date published: April 20, 2000

Volcano Watch — Atmospheric nuclear explosions and the source of Steaming Flats water

The topics for this article are presented in response to requests from our readers. Many weeks ago, a reader called to express her appreciation for the "Volcano Watch" column and asked if we would write about the Steaming Flats in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.

Date published: April 13, 2000

Volcano Watch — House Number 182 burned by lava

A house burst into flames on Thursday afternoon, April 6, when it was overrun by lava. This house, at the foot of the Royal Gardens subdivision, is the latest of 182 structures to be destroyed by the ongoing eruption along Kīlauea's east rift zone. It's the first such loss since October 1991.

Date published: April 6, 2000

Volcano Watch — Kulanaokuaiki campground: a whole lot of shaking going on

On March 31, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park officially opened Kulanaokuaiki campground, a barrier-free facility along the Hilina Pali Road south of Kīlauea's caldera. The new campground replaces the Kipuka Nene picnic area, 2 km (1.2 miles) farther southwest, which is now closed to protect Hawai`i's state bird.

Date published: March 30, 2000

Volcano Watch — Eyes on Mauna Loa

With the east rift zone eruption of Kīlauea continuing into its 18th year, much of our focus in volcano and seismic monitoring at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is on Kīlauea. At the same time, however, Mauna Loa receives a lot of our attention, and it should never be overlooked in terms of the hazards that it poses to us.

Date published: March 23, 2000

Volcano Watch — Which way would you drive?

Which way would you drive if you lived on the on the flank of an active volcano with lava headed your way? This question is based on real-life events that happened during the 1950 eruption of Mauna Loa.