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Date published: April 9, 2020

Volcano Watch — Aloha and Happy Retirement to Janet Babb

With heavy heart, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) bids aloha to Janet Babb, outreach geologist and educator extraordinaire who retired from federal service in late March. Because of her dedication and guidance over the years, HVO is well-positioned to carry on a tradition of quality media and public engagement.

Date published: April 9, 2020

Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - April 9, 2020

No significant changes at Kīlauea summit

Date published: April 6, 2020

Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - April 6, 2020

Close monitoring of the summit water pond continues

Date published: April 1, 2020

Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - April 1, 2020

No significant changes in the summit water pond

Date published: March 25, 2020

Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - March 25, 2020

HVO scientists conduct field checks of LiDAR survey

Date published: March 19, 2020

Volcano Watch — HVO's geological sample collections are an important resource

In the past, HVO would occasionally post images of people collecting lava samples on our website. These photos usually...

Date published: March 19, 2020

Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - March 19, 2020

Continued slow rise of water in Halema‘uma‘u

Date published: March 2, 2020

Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - March 2, 2020

Water pond in Halema‘uma‘u continues to grow

Date published: February 27, 2020

Volcano Watch — This week marks 65 years since Kīlauea Volcano's 1955 eruption

February 28, 2020, marks the 65th anniversary of Kīlauea Volcano's 1955 lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) eruption. In recognition of this historic event, we look back at the eruption and compare it to what happened in 2018.

Date published: February 20, 2020

Volcano Watch — Chemical analyses shed light on possible origins of island ash deposits

The origin(s) of volcanic ash deposits on the Island of Hawai‘i have been an enigma, especially those found on and between Kīlauea and Mauna Loa. We know that ash is from ...

Date published: February 13, 2020

Volcano Watch — Endangered plant survives volcanic hotspot, but is challenged by invasive species

Portulaca sclerocarpa (also known as ‘Ihi mākole) is a critically endangered small succulent plant in the purslane family (Portulacaceae). It only occurs on the Island of Hawai‘i and on a small islet off the coast of Lāna‘i. It can be found in various sites in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, including the Puhimau ...

Date published: February 2, 2020

USGS HVO Press Release — Magnitude-4.2 earthquake on Kīlauea Volcano's south flank

The U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) recorded a magnitude-4.2 earthquake located beneath Kīlauea Volcano's south flank on Sunday, February 2, at 8:37 p.m., HST.