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New Kilauea Volcano summit eruption video hits web

| | Oct 20 2017 - 10:30am | Comments

In March 2008, a new volcanic vent opened within Halemaumau, a crater at the summit of Kilauea in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The eruption continues today, with continuous degassing, occasional explosive events, and an active, circulating lava lake.

  1. | Posted: Oct 20 2017 - 10:30am

    In March 2008, a new volcanic vent opened within Halemaumau, a crater at the summit of Kilauea in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The eruption continues today, with continuous degassing, occasional explosive events, and an active, circulating lava lake.

  2. | Posted: Oct 20 2017 - 9:48am

    Pahoehoe lava flows are a common feature on Hawaiian volcanoes, and they have been a serious hazard to residential areas during the Puu Oo eruption over the past few decades. Pahoehoe destroyed much of the town of Kalapana, buried most of the Royal Gardens subdivision, and most recently threatened the town of Pahoa.

  3. | Posted: Oct 13 2017 - 2:47pm

    As the summer months began to wind down this year, Nature’s fury began to wind up and grab much of the news cycle.

  4. | Posted: Oct 12 2017 - 11:02am

    In today’s age of aerial photography, satellites, and drones, bird’s-eye views of geologic features are taken for granted. A century ago, such depictions posed enormous challenges.

  5. | Posted: Oct 1 2017 - 12:06am

    Thirty-seven years after the May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens, Washington, scientists, engineers, land managers, and Federal, State, and County officials are still grappling with a challenge created by the eruption—how to prevent potentially massive downstream flooding by the release of water from Spirit Lake, located at the base of the volcano.

  6. | Posted: Sep 2 2017 - 10:56pm

    Sometimes you just have to sit down and do it. Everyone is faced with this challenge at one time or another and scientists are no exception. Our research into the explosive history of Kilauea Volcano came to just such a head earlier this year.

  7. | Posted: Aug 26 2017 - 10:02pm

    The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has a long tradition of innovation when it comes to the tools that we use to monitor the status and activity of volcanoes. Since HVO’s inception in 1912, observatory staff have developed techniques and manufactured instruments that have been used worldwide for volcano monitoring.

  8. | Posted: Aug 19 2017 - 2:22am

    The longest-lived and most voluminous rift-zone eruption of Kilauea Volcano in more than 500 years — the ongoing Puu Oo eruption — began in January 1983, and is fast approaching its 35th anniversary. So many lava flows, cones, deltas, and other features have formed from eruptions at different vents for varying periods of time that nearly every day is an anniversary for Puu Oo.

  9. | Posted: Aug 12 2017 - 8:53pm

    Thermal cameras have been used by volcanologists around the world for many years to study volcanic processes and search for signs of impending eruptions.

  10. | Posted: Jul 14 2017 - 9:26am

    The new “Geologic map of the northeast flank of Mauna Loa volcano, Island of Hawaii,” the culmination of many years of work by Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologists, was recently published by the U.S. Geological Survey. The work was spearheaded by John P. Lockwood (affectionately known as “Mr. Mauna Loa”), who is now retired from USGS and HVO, and Frank Trusdell, HVO’s current Mauna Loa Project geologist.

  11. | Posted: Jun 10 2017 - 8:35pm

    Field engineers at the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory recently completed a multi-year effort to upgrade a subset of seismic stations at the summit of Kilauea Volcano.

  12. | Posted: Jun 6 2017 - 10:29am

    A diverse array of techniques is utilized to monitor volcanoes around the world, including those in Hawaii. These methods include tracking changes in the chemistry and volume of gases emitted from a volcano, recording earthquake activity, measuring changes in surface temperatures, documenting variations in eruptions, and tracking deformation of the ground surface.

  13. | Posted: May 31 2017 - 8:21am

    In 1998, a U.S. first-class postage stamp cost 32 cents and a gallon of gas in Hawaii set you back about $1.50. Apple unveiled the iMac, Google was founded, and Pokemon was released in the U.S. for Nintendo Game Boy.

  14. | Posted: May 27 2017 - 10:54pm

    Eruptions are not the only hazard created by volcanoes. They can create havoc millions of years after their fires have grown cold, because with time, their deposits can weaken to produce landslides. This happens because volcanic deposits are commonly rich in volcanic glass, a non-crystalline form of silica. In wet climates, this glass can readily transform into soft, weak minerals (primarily clay) through chemical weathering.

  15. | Posted: May 25 2017 - 9:44am

    The lava delta at Kilauea Volcano’s Kamokuna ocean entry continues to grow.