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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: Jun 25 2014 - 1:00am

    University of Hawaii researchers were set this morning to kick off an exploration of the deepest reaches of the erupting undersea volcano located about 20 miles southeast of Hawaii Island.

  2. | Posted: Jun 22 2014 - 1:05am

    For the past several years, the amount of lava erupting from Kilauea’s East Rift Zone has been well below the long-term output rate established earlier in the Puu Oo eruption. In fact, calculations show that, since 2010, only about half as much lava is being erupted at any given time as before. The reason for this is unknown; maybe it is a consequence of the opening of Kilauea’s summit eruptive vent in 2008 or perhaps it is a natural variability in the amount of magma arriving beneath the volcano from the Earth’s mantle.

  3. | Posted: Jun 15 2014 - 1:04am

    After a 30-year repose, Mauna Loa may be slowly stirring to life. While there are no signs of impending eruption, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has recorded an increased level of seismic activity on the flanks and summit of Mauna Loa over the past 13 months.

  4. | Posted: Jun 15 2014 - 1:04am

    After a 30-year repose, Mauna Loa may be slowly stirring to life. While there are no signs of impending eruption, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has recorded an increased level of seismic activity on the flanks and summit of Mauna Loa over the past 13 months.

  5. | Posted: Jun 13 2014 - 2:37pm

    HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK — Scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have recorded increased seismic activity on the flanks and summit of Mauna Loa over the past 13 months.

  6. | Posted: Jun 8 2014 - 1:02am

    On the evening of Aug. 11, 1855, Mauna Loa erupted from a location described as 1,000 to 2,000 feet below the summit of the volcano. This was the sixth eruption of Mauna Loa, and the second to send a lava flow advancing toward Hilo, since the Waiakea Mission Station — the East Hawaii base for Protestant missionaries — was established in Hilo in 1824.

  7. | Posted: Jun 8 2014 - 1:02am

    On the evening of Aug. 11, 1855, Mauna Loa erupted from a location described as 1,000 to 2,000 feet below the summit of the volcano. This was the sixth eruption of Mauna Loa, and the second to send a lava flow advancing toward Hilo, since the Waiakea Mission Station — the East Hawaii base for Protestant missionaries — was established in Hilo in 1824.

  8. | Posted: Jun 1 2014 - 1:01am

    Hawaii County is the fastest-growing region in the state of Hawaii. Its relatively inexpensive real estate, along with population growth, spurs more and more construction on the flanks of its active volcanoes.

  9. | Posted: May 25 2014 - 1:04am

    The recent anniversary of Kilauea’s May 1924 explosive summit eruptions reminds us of the sometimes violent interactions that occur when relatively cool water near the Earth’s surface comes into contact with much hotter magmatic material found at depth. As chronicled in the May 8 Volcano Watch, and at several recent public presentations, even relatively small, steam-driven eruptions like those of 1924 can affect people who live on and near active volcanoes.

  10. | Posted: May 25 2014 - 1:04am

    The recent anniversary of Kilauea’s May 1924 explosive summit eruptions reminds us of the sometimes violent interactions that occur when relatively cool water near the Earth’s surface comes into contact with much hotter magmatic material found at depth. As chronicled in the May 8 Volcano Watch, and at several recent public presentations, even relatively small, steam-driven eruptions like those of 1924 can affect people who live on and near active volcanoes.

  11. | Posted: May 18 2014 - 1:03am

    Landslides are hazards in areas where slopes are steep. The degree of the hazard depends on the type of rocks that make up the slope. Large landslides, like other natural hazards, tend to recur in the same locations where they have occurred in the past.

  12. | Posted: May 18 2014 - 1:03am

    Landslides are hazards in areas where slopes are steep. The degree of the hazard depends on the type of rocks that make up the slope. Large landslides, like other natural hazards, tend to recur in the same locations where they have occurred in the past.

  13. | Posted: May 11 2014 - 6:23am

    Ninety years ago this month, Kilauea was exploding. For some 20 days starting May 11, 1924, more than 50 explosive bursts, each lasting a few minutes or less, spread ash across the eastern third of the island, from Hilo to Makuu to beyond Pahala. Blocks weighing up to 12 tons fell around Halemaumau. Truman Taylor, a young accountant from Pahala, was killed by a falling rock near today’s Halemaumau parking lot, and others, including the national park superintendent, suffered minor injuries. It was a month very different from any since.

  14. | Posted: May 11 2014 - 6:23am

    Ninety years ago this month, Kilauea was exploding. For some 20 days starting May 11, 1924, more than 50 explosive bursts, each lasting a few minutes or less, spread ash across the eastern third of the island, from Hilo to Makuu to beyond Pahala. Blocks weighing up to 12 tons fell around Halemaumau. Truman Taylor, a young accountant from Pahala, was killed by a falling rock near today’s Halemaumau parking lot, and others, including the national park superintendent, suffered minor injuries. It was a month very different from any since.

  15. | Posted: May 7 2014 - 1:02am

    Studying magma before it erupts is a big challenge for geologists for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that the molten rock sometimes sits inaccessible miles below the earth’s surface.