HILO In the tradition of Hawaiian Volcano Observatory founder Thomas Jaggars innovative field methods, HVO recently used a cutting-edge technique to sample the Halemaumau water lake deep within Kilaueas collapsed summit crater.
HILO Information about air quality is important to Hawaii residents, particularly those living on the Island of Hawaii, where volcanic activity can lead to frequently-changing environmental conditions.
HILO As roads are recut into Kilaueas 2018 lava flow field, many have been surprised at how hot the lava remains under the surface, even though it is solidified. Why is it still so hot? The short and simple answer is that lava insulates itself very well.
U.S. Geological Survey trucks pull off the shoulder of Mauna Loa Observatory Road before dawn. I park the Jeep at the helicopter staging area, a flat rubble strip flanked by aa lava. The air is cool and thin at 10,000 feet altitude. Our field crew of six from Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) keep warm unloading gear. We clear the landing zone for the inbound pilot. We organize packs, tools and equipment by checklist for the helicopter.
HILO In late September, East Hawaii residents with ocean views may have noticed an unusual ship too small for a cruise ship, too big for a fishing boat sailing just offshore of the 2018 lava deltas along the Puna coast. It also entered Hilo Harbor, where it deployed several smaller boats that canvassed the bay within the breakwall.
The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) detects tens of thousands of earthquakes each year. Currently, one of the most active areas of seismicity is Kilaueas lower Southwest Rift Zone. This area produces numerous deep earthquakes, mostly at depths of 5-25 miles beneath the town of Pahala and extending about 6 miles offshore.
ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA Volcano observatories across the United States work together to ensure efficient and thorough monitoring of the nations active volcanoes. This collaboration is particularly evident during a crisis, like the 2018 eruption of Kilauea Volcano.
HILO This week, a group of volcanic gas scientists from across the United States, including staff from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, will gather at the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Washington, for a workshop to improve and facilitate collaboration within the volcanic gas community during times of eruption or volcanic unrest.
HILO Last month, the entire world celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11s triumphant flight to the moon and the first human footsteps on the surface of another planetary body on July 20, 1969.
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK The slowly deepening pond of water on the floor of Halemaumau, the first in recorded history, has captured the interest of media and the public, both locally and nationally. Many questions are being asked. The two most frequent are, where is the water coming from, and what is its importance?
HONOLULU Scientists have discovered that a growing pond of water inside Halemaumau crater is being heated by Kilauea volcano.
In ongoing media coverage of demonstrations at the base of Maunakea, many hundreds of people can be seen standing on a black lava flow that surrounds the Puu Huluhulu Native Tree Sanctuary adjacent to the Daniel K. Inouye Highway. That same lava flow continues on the other side of the highway, which traverses the saddle between Mauna Loa and Maunakea.
HILO May 24, 2019, was a notable date in Kilauea Volcanos history. It is the one-year anniversary of several key events in the 2018 Kilauea eruption, most notably, the reactivation of fissure 8 with intermittent spattering while fissures 7 and 21 were producing two aa flows. It is also the 50th anniversary of another important event on Kilaueas East Rift Zone: the start of the 1969-1974 Mauna Ulu eruption.
HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK During the 2018 eruption of Kilauea Volcano, when fissures erupted and lava flowed in the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ), many Puna residents were displaced from their homes. We, as a community, watched from the sidelines as the eruption went on, helpless in averting the course of nature.
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK A year ago, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and Hawaii Island residents were in the throes of an historically unprecedented series of events for Kilauea.
HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK May 3 marks the one-year anniversary of the start of Kilauea Volcanos 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption. Over the past year, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) geologists and collaborators have been closely studying the vast amount of data collected during the summer eruption. Now is a good time to explore whats been learned, and whats still unfolding.
HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK When a major geologic event occurs, scientists who study such events and the people who are directly or indirectly impacted by it seek to understand its cause. Often, a first step toward that understanding is to rule out what did not cause the event.
HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK In February, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) released a preliminary map of lava flow thicknesses for Kilauea Volcanos 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption. This map was produced by comparing pre- and post-eruption models of the flow field.
HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK The end of Kilaueas 2018 eruption this past September was accompanied by an enormous decrease in the amount of sulfur dioxide gas (SO2) emitted from the volcano. This has led to beautifully clear skies gracing Hawaii Island, particularly noticeable on the west side, where the volcanic pollution known as vog chronically collected in past years.