#Hawaii Volcanoes

Kīlauea earthquakes abating – volcano saw more than 350 quakes per day last week

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory notes inflation is occurring in the caldera south of Halemaʻumaʻu – activity similar to conditions prior to last week’s period of heightened unrest.

Temporary closures in effect as earthquakes increase below Kīlauea in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

It is not possible at this time to know if this increase in activity will lead to an eruption in the near future or simply remain confined below ground.

Volcano Watch: Hawaii’s volcanoes are quiet and it’s a bit spooky

Kīlauea’s most recent eruption stopped on Sept. 16. This was the briefest of the five eruptions that have occurred at the summit of Kīlauea since 2020.  The eruption lasted about six days and, like the four eruptions before it, filled in a portion of the summit that collapsed in 2018.

Heightened unrest at Kīlauea volcano on Hawai‘i Island

Seismicity remains elevated, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, and unusual activity has been noted along Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone or Southwest Rift Zone.

Volcano Watch: Calm, unrest, eruptions and everything in between at Kīlauea summit

Since that 2018 activity, Kīlauea has experienced nearly constant change with distinct episodes of calm, unrest, eruptions and everything in between.

Amid dismal rainy weather in East Hawai‘i beauty can be found

Mother Nature has teased many of us with a few breaks, psyching us out with sunny and blue skies, before 10 minutes later turning the faucet back on full blast. It’s been cold and windy. The weather has definitely been more than a bit dismal. That doesn’t mean, however, we have to be.

Volcanic warning system improvements, coral reef protections to become federal law

The US Senate passed the annual National Defense Authorization Act, which included several provisions to protect coral reefs, improve the nation’s volcanic warning system and stop the practice of killing sharks for their fins.

Mauna Loa Eruption Day 7: Lava moving slowly, ‘spreading out like a pancake’

The Mauna Loa lava flow is currently 2.25 miles from Daniel K. Inouye Highway and the leading edge is advancing at an average of 50 feet per hour.

Eruption Update: Kīlauea Calming Down

HVO scales back warning levels at eruption site due to new data Monday.

Kīlauea Awakens as New Eruption Commences Wednesday

Kīlauea volcano has stirred awake yet again.

Volcano Watch: How Does HVO Determine Regions Most Threatened by Lava Flows?

Most residents of the Island of Hawaiʻi live on one of four potentially active volcanoes and probably have wondered about the threat of lava flows at one time or another. 

Volcano Watch: Seismic Halfalogues; Earthquakes Only Part of the Conversation

The journey from volcanic repose to a climactic eruption is like a mystery movie that keeps you at the edge of your seat.

VOLCANO WATCH: Pau or Paused? What’s the Difference?

The Halemaʻumaʻu lava lake celebrated its five-month anniversary by doing what we all like to do on our special day, taking a break.

A Look Back: 3 Years Since Kīlauea Eruption Changed Hawai`i Forever

The Puʻu ʻŌʻō collapse marked what scientists at the USGS have since determined was the end of a 35-year eruption that began in 1983.

Back-to-Back Quakes Shake Same Spot Under Mauna Loa Saturday

The USGS “Did you feel it?” service received over 130 felt reports within the first hour of the earthquake, including one report from Kaua‘i.

HVO Reports Earthquake Swarm Under Mauna Loa

On March 18, 2021, (HVO) recorded more than 40 earthquakes beneath the upper Ka‘ōiki seismic zone, about 13 miles WNW of Volcano.

VOLCANO WATCH: If Mauna Loa Erupted, Would You Be Ready?

How can you prepare for a Mauna Loa eruption? The most important thing you can do is to have a personal response plan — especially if you live in or near the magenta zone.

VOLCANO WATCH: Seismicity preceding the 2020 eruption of Kīlauea Volcano

HVO scientists continue to keep a close eye on Kīlauea and the other volcanoes around the island, always analyzing and interpreting data for any hint of activity that may precede the next eruption, wherever it may be.

Stunning New Video Footage of 2018 Kīlauea Eruption Released

The most active volcano in the world, Kīlaueua had been erupting for decades, but the next several months would be characterized by the volcano’s most explosive activity in centuries.

VOLCANO WATCH: Ken Hon Returns to HVO as Scientist-in-Charge

The next USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) Scientist-in-Charge (SIC) has been named, and it’s a name that Island of Hawai‘i residents may be familiar with—Dr. Ken Hon. Ken will be the 21st Scientist-in-Charge filling a position originally created by Thomas A. Jaggar, who founded HVO in 1912 and directed it until 1940. Ken follows recent […]
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