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The Kahaualeʻa 2 lava flow, as of April 18, is shown in pink, with a yellow line indicating the active lava tube. The area covered by older lava flows erupted from Kīlauea in 1983‒2013 is shown in gray.  See http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/maps/ for updated maps.

VOLCANO WATCH: Keeping An Eye on Kahauale‘a 2 Lava Flow

April 24th, 2014

Scientists say although Pahoa and some neighboring subdivisions are downhill of Kilauea’s current lava flow, they are not in any danger at this time.

Little fire ant colonies can contain billions of the insects, an unfathomable amount of stinging power. UH/Hawaii Ant Lab photo.

OPINION: Treat Little Fire Ants Like the Threat They Are

April 23rd, 2014

The little fire ant poses an enormous problem for Hawaii and should be treated accordingly — the sooner the better.

This portable “power” platform, designed to be slung by helicopter, helps scientists measure volcanic activity using a gravity meter, an experimental camera for measuring sulfur dioxide gas and other types of monitoring instruments. USGS/HVO photo. VOLCANO WATCH: Spiders and Other Portable Monitors April 18th, 2014 · No Comments · Discussion, Featured Articles

Portable volcano monitoring stations provide scientists with additional eyes and other sensor equipment in a hurry to monitor changes in eruptions.

This screenshot (click to enlarge) shows Hilo's Kawailani census tract has the Big Island's highest average household income, although home values trail those in West Hawaii. Source: US Census American Community Survey 2012 5-Year Estimates, presented by Hawaii DBEDT. BLOG: High Income and Home Values Don’t Necessarily Jive April 11th, 2014 · No Comments · Blog, Featured Articles

Census data reveal interesting paradoxes on the Big Island.

This map shows the location of earthquakes with a magnitude of 8.2 and greater along the Peru-Chile trench from 1900 to present. USGS/HVO image. VOLCANO WATCH: Tsunami Awareness and Chilean Earthquakes April 10th, 2014 · No Comments · Discussion

A commemoration of a past tsunami disaster held at the beginning of the month was soon followed by a realization of the need to be prepared for future events.

Scanning electron microscope images collected at UH-Hilo reveal tiny particles in a fragment of lava collected from the Puʻu ʻŌʻō lava pond in November. The mostly uniform light gray is basalt glass and darker gray crystals are olivine, at left, and pyroxene to the right. Both crystals contain melt inclusions comprised of light gray glass. The disk at upper-right contains fragments of Puʻu ʻŌʻō  lava (top row ) and Pele’s tears and hairs from Halema`uma`u (bottom rows) ready for analysis. The bar scale at lower right is 300 microns, equivalent to a twelve-thousandth of an inch. VOLCANO WATCH: UH-Hilo Helps Monitor Eruptions April 4th, 2014 · No Comments · Discussion, Featured Articles

The University of Hawaii at Hilo assists Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists unravel clues about the source and journey of lava from Kilauea volcano.

One of the nocturnal noisemakers captured last night on Oahu. DOA photo. BLOG: Coqui Frogs (Yikes!) Captured on Oahu April 3rd, 2014 · 1 Comment · Blog, Featured Articles

Ag officials say they are diligently pursuing reports of the noisy critters there, something Big Isle residents wish had happened here several decades ago.

Councilmember Mike White. File photo by Wendy Osher. LETTER: Councilman Urges Return of TAT Money to Counties March 31st, 2014 · No Comments · Discussion

“The clear majority of visitor needs are filled by the counties, not the state. It is the counties that provide water and sewer service; police, fire and ocean safety protection; development and upkeep of most roads …”

This is how most University of Hawaii employees will be checking their payroll statement information next month. BLOG: UH Phasing Out Paper Payroll Statements March 31st, 2014 · No Comments · Blog, Featured Articles

Employees of the University of Hawaii who use direct deposit for their paychecks will be going entirely paperless — payroll-wise — beginning next month.

State Sen. Josh Green received $4,000 from Automated Healthcare Solutions. Image courtesy Hawaii State Capitol. BLOG: Sen. Green Takes Different Tack on Roundup March 11th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Blog, Featured Articles

After legislative attempts to ban the use of the herbicide failed, the Big Island senator has made it the subject of an upcoming “informational briefing.”

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