Kilauea’s 2018 summit collapse dramatically transformed the geometry and appearance of Halema‘uma‘u crater and Kilauea caldera. Last week’s “Volcano Watch” article described how the 2018 events impacted the magma plumbing system beneath the surface of Kilauea’s summit. This week, we’ll explore how the 2018 events impacted the geologic deposits on the surface.
Last week, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was able to open the Kilauea Overlook to the public for the first time since the lower East Rift Zone eruption and summit collapse in 2018. The viewing location offers a new perspective on the breathtaking summit collapse structures and the major changes those collapses had on Kilauea’s landscape.
Geodesy is the science of accurately measuring and understanding the Earth’s geometric shape, gravity field, and orientation in space — and how these change through time. Many geodesists today map shorelines, determine land boundaries, and improve transportation and navigation.
Entrance fees to be waived at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park; Kilauea Overlook, closed since 2018 eruption, to open
Entrance fees will be waived Tuesday at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and all fee-charging national parks in the U.S. in celebration of the 104th anniversary of Founder’s Day.
Driving Highway 11 from Volcano to Waiohinu on sunny, vog-free days, it’s hard to miss that bright white soccer ball on the slope of Mauna Loa above Pahala Town.
On July 4, 2018, an observer at the Volcano House Hotel was watching the evolving collapse of Halema‘uma‘u Crater, 2.5 miles away. Suddenly, he did a double take, blinked a couple of times, but couldn’t erase the dark line descending the wall of Kilauea caldera above Halema’uma’u. Not knowing what it was, he dubbed it the “black streak.”
The recent first anniversary of the appearance of water at Kilauea’s summit is a reminder of how much has changed since the end of the 2018 eruption and summit collapse.
On July 25, 2019, ponded water was first observed within Halemaumau at the summit of Kilauea Volcano. Over the past 12 months, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has watched this amazing body of water grow from a nascent pond into a veritable lake, the first observed within Kilauea caldera in at least 200 years.
The Youth and Education in Science (YES) program at USGS in collaboration with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) is launching a community outreach and educational project called Bridging Local Outreach &Seismic Signal Monitoring (BLOSSM) in Hawaii. BLOSSM aims at engaging local students and communities through seismology.
Maunakea volcano hasn’t erupted in over 4,500 years, but that doesn’t mean it’s quiet. In fact, for decades it has been hiding one of the most unique seismic signals seen at any volcano.
The “Hawaiian Sup‘pa Man,” demi-god Maui, had several adventures on the Wailuku River in the legendary past. He rescued his mother, Hina, who lived in the cave behind Waianuenue (Rainbow Falls), from Kuna, a threatening mo‘o (legendary giant lizard), eventually killing him and leaving his body as a small island in the pool fronting Hina’s cave.
Last week’s “Volcano Watch” article introduced the role of “technician” at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO). This week, we present the introspective of Steven Fuke’s life (schematic diagram) as an “electronics technician” at HVO through his experiences, starting with his introduction to HVO.
As part of Volcano Awareness Month earlier this year, “Volcano Watch” featured five articles focused on different roles at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO). These articles described the roles of “geodesist,” “Scientist-in-Charge,” “gas geochemist,” “seismologist,” and “geologist.” This month, we continue that series, focusing on the role of “technician.”
The extraordinary leadership of Tina Neal as Scientist-in-Charge (SiC) of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) comes to an end this week, when she returns to the alaska Volcano Observatory after fulfilling her five-year commitment to HVO. David Phillips, HVO’s Deputy SiC, will take the helm until Tina’s successor arrives.
On June 27, 1952, an eruption started at the summit of Kilauea Volcano, ending a period of quiescence that had lasted nearly 18 years.
As many people have noted, the last global pandemic was raging one hundred years ago. Kilauea was erupting 100 years ago, although it was certainly not quite as significant of an event on the world stage.
The past two years of “Volcano Watch” articles from late May focused on commemorating the 49th and 50th anniversaries of the Mauna Ulu eruption. However, the end of May has several other notable Kilauea eruption beginnings, changes, and endings. Here we reflect on some selected anniversaries spanning 1823 to 2018.