HILO — Like hundreds of other Big Island residents, Brooklynn Bennett was forced to leave her home when the Kilauea eruption began in lower Puna earlier this year.
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK — The field day begins with a summit weather check at first light. It is a reflective moment at 6:15 a.m. atop Kilauea Volcano, and the fumarole cracks are steaming like the coffee from my thermos. The weather at Halemaumau crater is cool and dry, with light trade winds from the northeast. We hope for these mornings.
HILO — The recent Kilauea eruption produced some staggering numbers, even for a volcano considered one of the world’s most active.
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK — One of the most frequently asked questions of USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) scientists over the last several months has been, “Is the eruption over?”
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK — We’re giving thanks for clean air, but what’s that new smell?
The prolonged yet dramatic partial collapse of Kilauea caldera this past summer was the first to be observed in detail and the largest measured by subsidence volume of more than a dozen summit collapses in the past 200 years.
HILO — While much of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been reopened since its historic closure earlier this year, some parts likely will remain closed until at least next year.
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK — The 2018 summit collapse and lower East Rift Zone eruption at Kilauea Volcano were dramatic and, for many Island of Hawaii residents, tragic events. As with all eruptive crises, these events offered exceptional opportunities to learn more about how volcanoes work and to answer some “bigger picture” questions.
WASHINGTON — Government scientists have classified 18 U.S. volcanoes as “very high threat” because of what’s been happening inside them and how close they are to people.
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK — My 37-year stint with the U.S. Geological Survey—16 years at the Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO) and 21 at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) — ends this month.
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK — The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) uses a diverse set of instruments to monitor active volcanoes in Hawaii. These include seismometers, gas sensors, GPS stations, and webcams. Each provides a unique type of data critical to understanding volcanic systems.