Volcano Watch: HVO’s ongoing recovery from the 2018 Kilauea eruption

  • USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists monitor the Halema‘uma‘u lava lake using state-of-the-art instruments acquired through the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019. Supplemental funds are supporting HVO’s recovery and rebuilding in the wake of KIlauea’s 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption and summit collapse. Three main HVO activities are funded: bolstering volcano monitoring and eruption response capabilities, conducting scientific investigations, and building new facilities. (USGS photo by D. A. Phillips/Special to West Hawaii Today)

During the events of 2018, HVO instruments were lost, monitoring infrastructure was impacted, and HVO staff had to evacuate the observatory, which was damaged beyond repair.