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Date published: September 20, 2018

Volcano Watch - Will this summer's limited collapse of Kīlauea caldera eventually widen?

The limited collapse of the inner part of Kīlauea Volcano's caldera this summer fell well short of the larger summit-wide collapses that occurred in the past. How many such limited collapses can we recognize at Kīlauea before written records were kept? The answer is none.

Date published: September 13, 2018

Volcano Watch - Seismic array deployed to better understand magma transport during Kīlauea's eruption

Kīlauea Volcano's 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption and summit collapse provided a rare opportunity to study dynamic eruptive processes beneath and at the surface of the volcano.

Date published: September 6, 2018

Volcano Watch - Scientists share lessons from Kīlauea at "Cities on Volcanoes" conference

In 1902, Thomas A. Jaggar, a geologist and founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), visited the scene of one of the most deadly volcanic disasters in modern history: Mount Pelee on the Caribbean Island of Martinique.

Date published: August 23, 2018

Volcano Watch - Voggy skies from days gone by: reviewing Kīlauea Volcano's gas release

Many Island of Hawai‘i residents are familiar with the volcanic air pollution known as "vog." The main culprit in the formation of vog is sulfur dioxide gas (SO2) released from Kīlauea's eruptions (see vog.ivhhn.org/what-vog for more information).

Date published: August 16, 2018

Volcano Watch - Submarine Kīlauea also impacted by recent events on the volcano

The visible part of Kīlauea from the summit to the Lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) makes up only a small portion of the total volcano. Much of Kīlauea lies beneath the sea, including the Puna ridge to the east, and the south flank extending offshore beyond the southern coastline.

Date published: August 9, 2018

Volcano Watch - s Kīlauea Volcano's summit and rift zone activity pau or paused?

Since the morning of August 4, 2018, activity at Kīlauea Volcano's summit and its lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) has diminished dramatically—and the slowdown continues.

Date published: August 2, 2018

Volcano Watch - How long will Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone eruption continue?

"How long will it last?" is one of the most challenging questions asked about a volcanic eruption, including Kīlauea Volcano's current lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) eruption.

Date published: July 31, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions about Kīlauea Summit Subsidence

We've compiled some Frequently Asked Questions that address the reasons behind the current activity summit activity and what might happen over the next several months.

Date published: July 27, 2018

Volcano Watch - Geochemical detective work helps answer questions about Kīlauea’s ongoing eruption

"What's happening inside the volcano?" is just one of many questions asked about Kīlauea's ongoing lower East Rift Zone eruption. Looking at the geochemistry of erupted lava can help us answer these questions.

Date published: July 20, 2018

Volcano Watch - The mixture of lava and seawater creates an explosive hazard

Since May 3, 2018, Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone eruption has destroyed more than 700 structures, covered more than 32 sq km (12.4 sq mi) of land with black lava, and added about 700 acres of new land to the island. Yet, remarkably, injuries had been few.

Date published: July 19, 2018

15 July 2018 - Preliminary analysis of the Kīlauea lower East Rift Zone eruption: Fissure 8 prognosis and ongoing hazards

Reviews Kīlauea Volcano's ongoing lower East Rift Zone eruption, focusing on the fissure 8 vent, channel, and ocean entry, and describing a credible set of future scenarios and uncertainties, as guide for managing hazards and risks.

Date published: July 18, 2018

Littoral hydrovolcanic explosions: a case study of lava—seawater interction at Kīlauea Volcano

A variety of hydrovolcanic explosions may occur as basaltic lava flows into the ocean.