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| | Apr 15 2017 - 8:37pm | Comments

An estimated 1,500 visitors a day hike across the lava flow fields to view the ocean entry and search for active lava breakouts. Round-trip walking distance is far; a one-way trip to the ocean entry from Kalapana is around 4 miles. Add the chase for active lava, milling about, and your hike will quickly add up to more than 10 miles when you return.

  1. | Posted: Jan 27 2017 - 11:24am

    Hawaii Island’s 2017 Volcano Awareness Month is almost over, and our Volcano Watch series about U.S. Geological Survey volcano observatories and their connections to Hawaii is also coming to an end. This week, we visit the observatory that monitors a volcano that produced some of the largest eruptions known on Earth — Yellowstone!

  2. | Posted: Jan 20 2017 - 7:47pm

    This month, our Volcano Watch articles are exploring U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) volcano observatories and their connections to Hawaii. This week: California, here we come!

  3. | Posted: Jan 13 2017 - 4:41pm

    As part of Volcano Awareness Month, our January Volcano Watch articles are exploring the U.S. Geological Survey’s volcano observatories and their connections to Hawaii. We continue this week with a visit to Alaska.

  4. | Posted: Jan 6 2017 - 10:16am

    It’s January 2017, and, in addition to wishing you hauoli makahiki hou (happy New Year), the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) welcomes you to the eighth annual Volcano Awareness Month on the Island of Hawaii! Throughout the month, HVO, in cooperation with Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the University of Hawaii, will offer public talks around the island. For the complete schedule, please visit HVO’s website (

  5. | Posted: Jan 4 2017 - 8:45am

    HILO — A new viewing area for the Kamokuna lava ocean entry opened Tuesday after two days of closure due to a New Year’s Eve lava delta collapse.

  6. | Posted: Jan 3 2017 - 8:18am

    A large section of the 26-acre lava delta formed by the 61g lava flow collapsed into the ocean around 2:45 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, launching showers of volcanic rock into the air, and creating a flurry of large waves that eroded away a portion of the older sea cliff and viewing area.

  7. | Posted: Dec 30 2016 - 5:01pm

    Jan. 3, 2017, marks the 34th anniversary of the start of Kilauea Volcano’s East Rift Zone (Puu Oo) eruption. Given the duration of this eruption, people who were children when it began are now old enough to be parents, or possibly, grandparents. And, many Hawaii Island residents have never known a time when Puu Oo was not erupting.

  8. | Posted: Dec 26 2016 - 9:35am

    The simulation of real and imaginary worlds for video games, movies, and other purposes has become big business in the 21st century. Virtual reality technology is improving rapidly, but the basic concept is not new.

  9. | Posted: Dec 16 2016 - 11:26am

    Have you ever wondered why Kilauea Volcano’s current lava flow is called the “61g” flow? To explain, we must go back to the beginning of the ongoing eruption.

  10. | Posted: Dec 13 2016 - 10:52am

    The New Year is just around the corner, so it’s time to remind everyone that January is Volcano Awareness Month on the Island of Hawaii.

  11. | Posted: Dec 13 2016 - 10:52am

    There are more than 1,500 active volcanoes on Earth. With many millions of people living and working in their shadows, developing ways to co-exist safely with potential volcanic threat is essential. To do so, those at risk need to know the type and severity of hazards they may face.

  12. | Posted: Nov 23 2016 - 9:54am

    Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists reported a new breakout from the 61g flow near the base of the pali Wednesday morning.

  13. | Posted: Nov 13 2016 - 12:05am

    As winter approaches, many Hawaii Island residents eagerly await the appearance of sub-tropical snow atop Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Another common occurrence on Hawaii Island during winter months is the frequent interruption of the steady northeasterly trade winds. These winds, or the lack of them, play a leading role in determining where volcanic air pollution from Kilauea, known as vog, is distributed across the island, and sometimes the state.

  14. | Posted: Nov 6 2016 - 8:55pm

    Ask almost any volcanologist and field technician what they consider to be the most important and yet potentially dangerous aspect of their work on active volcanoes and they will probably say, “flying in a helicopter to remote areas to make observations or install and maintain monitoring instruments and radio systems.”

  15. | Posted: Oct 30 2016 - 12:05am

    Using the Global Positioning System (GPS) in your cellphone or car has become an everyday occurrence that many of us take for granted and now consider indispensable. GPS-enabled gadgets are, in fact, everywhere; watches, cameras, luggage and dog tags can all tell us exactly where on the planet they are.