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January is Volcano Awareness Month on Hawaii

| | Dec 9 2017 - 9:53pm | Comments

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays upon us, Hawaii Island residents are likely giving little thought to the volcanic terrain beneath their feet. And that’s all right — for now.

  1. | 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.

  2. | 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.

  3. | 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.

  4. | 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.

  5. | 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.

  6. | 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.

  7. | 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.

  8. | 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.

  9. | 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.

  10. | 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.”

  11. | 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.

  12. | Posted: Oct 24 2016 - 9:57am

    The lava lake within Halemaumau Crater at the summit of Kilauea Volcano is creating a scene remindful of a messy barbershop floor, except that it’s acres and acres wide rather than a few square feet. The ground downwind of the crater is strewn with Pele’s hair, and it is almost impossible to avoid stepping on it.

  13. | Posted: Oct 18 2016 - 10:53am

    The Kilauea volcano lava lake has burped fresh lava onto the floor of the Halemaumau crater for the first time since spring, 2015.

  14. | Posted: Oct 16 2016 - 12:05am

    Ten years ago, shortly after 7 a.m., on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006, two damaging earthquakes struck off the northwest coast of the Big Island — a magnitude-6.7 earthquake beneath Kiholo Bay and a magnitude-6.0 earthquake offshore of Mahukona.

  15. | Posted: Oct 12 2016 - 9:52am

    Kilauea Volcano’s summit lava lake rose to within 54 feet of the crater rim Tuesday under the watchful eyes of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.