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Kilauea on the Move?

August 5, 2012
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From Hawaiian Volcano Observatory: Tuesday morning, July 31, started as a typical office day at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO).  Beginning at 10:25 a.m., a number of text messages and emails arrived in rapid succession. It was time to take a closer look. The messages all came from ENS, or Earthquake Notification Service. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) offers this service to subscribers who wish to automatically receive messages after earthquakes of specific interest to them. (https://sslearthquake.usgs.gov/ens/%5D. ) The earthquakes flagged in this series of messages all occurred beneath Kilauea volcano’s south flank. More specifically,…

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HVO Scientists Remember Kilauea’s 1974 Eruption

August 1, 2012
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HVO Scientists Remember Kilauea’s 1974 Eruption

From Hawaiian Volcano Observatory: At 3:45 a.m., Friday, July 19, 1974, a flurry of earthquakes on Kilauea triggered the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s “tremor alarm.”  In response, Bob Tilling, an HVO geologist, rushed to the observatory, located in what is now the Jaggar Museum in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Reaching HVO within 15 minutes, Tilling saw, as expected, the distant glow from Kilauea’s middle east rift zone, where an active vent had been erupting almost continuously—and often spectacularly—since May 1969.  For five years, this ongoing eruption had produced high lava fountains and sent numerous lava…

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New Meaning for “Gravity of the Situation”

July 19, 2012
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New Meaning for “Gravity of the Situation”

Written by Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists: Most of us think of gravity as a constant.  Students of physics know that the gravitational constant is 9.8 m per squared-second (32 ft/s/s), while the rest of us are simply confident in gravity as a force that holds us to the ground and is uniform everywhere, It turns out that gravity isn’t quite as constant as we might think. We all know that gravity decreases the farther one gets from Earth.  For example, the gravity on the top of Mount Everest is slightly lower than the gravity at…

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Reopens Parts of Park

June 13, 2012
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Reopens Parts of Park

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has reopened the section of Crater Rim Drive near the Devastation Trail parking lot to Keanakako‘i Crater, and a portion of Crater Rim Trail that leads from Chain of Craters Road to the south side of Keanakako‘i, to hikers.   Approximately 0.8 miles of Crater Rim Drive is now open to hikers, and visitors can enjoy an easy roundtrip walk through koa and ?hi‘a forest on pavement all the way to the Keanakako‘i Crater overlook. Across the road, another overlook provides panoramic views of Halema‘uma‘u Crater and Mauna Loa.   The park has…

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Volcanoes Park Lauded for Air Quality Monitoring

May 8, 2012
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Volcanoes Park Lauded for Air Quality Monitoring

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has earned the National Safety and Health Group Award from the National Park Service for its work in monitoring air quality within the park, and communicating the information to the public and employees.   In 2011, the park’s air quality (AQ) team installed seven stations that measure at 15-minute intervals sulfur dioxide (SO2) and volcanic particulates downwind of Kilauea’s two active locations at Halema‘uma‘u and Pu‘u ‘O‘o. The findings are monitored and shared in real time at http://www.hawaiiso2network.com/.   The site offers a multitude of data, including AQ findings, weather conditions…

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Kilauea Seeing Deflation, Inflation

April 2, 2012
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Kilauea Seeing Deflation, Inflation

Information from Hawaiian Volcano Observatory in their regular updates: Scientists from Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say a series of “DI”, or deflation and inflation cycles, have been occurring over the past week at Kilauea Volcano.  The lava lake inside the main Halema’uma;u Crater is elevated, with the glow visible from the Jaggar Museum inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Meanwhile, surface flows of pahoehoe lava continue to move across the pali and upper coastal plain of the Royal Gardens subdivision, now devoid of residents. Tiltmeters are measuring the DI events on a constant basis.  Generally the ground…

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HVO Celebrates 100 Years Tuesday

January 16, 2012
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Hawaiian Volcano Observatory celebrates its 100th birthday on Tuesday, January 17, 2012.  It was founded by Thomas Jaggar, a geologist educated at Harvard University, who taught there and then moved to the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Jaggar had seen firsthand the destruction possible to be waged by a volcano when he traveled to the site of the Mon-Pele eruption in Martinique, where more than 30,000 people in the town of Saint Pierre died, leaving no more than 2 alive.  Jaggar realized that Mon-Pele had been signaling its intent for at least…

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Waives Fees This Weekend, Next Saturday

January 12, 2012
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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will join all 397 national park units across the country in waiving entrance fees Friday, January 14 through Monday, January 16  to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Entrance fees will also be waived on Saturday, January  21 to honor the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s 100-year anniversary and Open House.   The HVO Open House on January 21 is an ideal opportunity for residents and visitors to meet USGS scientists, learn how they monitor Hawaiian volcanoes and earthquakes, and appreciate the compelling history of this vital agency. HVO…

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HVO Scientist Gives Volcano Update; Talks/Events Coming Next Week (audio)

January 11, 2012
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Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory Geophysicist Dr. Mike Poland said Wednesday that  Kilauea continues to erupt from two sites.  But the current Kilauea eruption has changed, and lava is no longer entering the ocean.  He also said the eruption at the main Halema’uma’u Crater, which is visible next to the Jaggar Museum inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, is still emitting gas and provides some great viewing of the glow of the lava at the bottom of the crater. Poland also provided an update on other volcanoes on Hawaii Island: -Mauna Loa has had periods of inflation, starting…

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Kilauea’s Current Eruption Hits 29 on Tuesday

January 2, 2012
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Kilauea’s Current Eruption Hits 29 on Tuesday

The current East Rift Zone eruption of the Kilauea Volcano will celebrate its 29th anniversary on Tuesday, January 3.  The eruption began in 1983.  Kilauea Volcano is estimated by scientists to be between 300,000 and 600,000 years old.  During its lifetime, it has been active almost the entire time, with short (in volcano time) periods of quiet. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory chief scientist Jim Kauahikaua says there are currently two eruption sites:  the Pu’u ‘O’o Vent and the main Kilauea Crater, Halema’uma’u. Lava from the Pu’u ‘O’o Vent eruption reached the ocean a couple of weeks…

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January Busy Time for Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory

December 28, 2011
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During the month of January 2012, Hawai‘i Island residents and visitors are invited to participate in a number of events to learn more about the volcanoes on which they live, work, and play.   These events are part of Hawai‘i Island’s 3rd annual Volcano Awareness Month and a celebration of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s 100th anniversary. Throughout the month, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, in cooperation with Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, will offer talks in both East and West Hawai‘i, weekly guided hikes in the park,…

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New Lava Draws Visitors, Starts Fires

August 6, 2011
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The newest eruption from the Pu’u ‘O’o Vent of Kilauea Volcano has continued.  And it is drawing extra visitors to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.   The new lava has also sparked fires. Park Rangers have made several flights over the new lava flow and estimate it has added around 615 acres of new lava.  Because of the influx of visitors…nearly 600 Thursday evening at the bottom of Chain of Craters Road…rangers will be on duty this weekend at Pu‘u Huluhulu until 8:30 p.m. and at Jaggar Museum until 9 p.m.   Visitors who intend to hike at…

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Great Lava Viewing Resumes Inside the Park

August 4, 2011
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Great Lava Viewing Resumes Inside the Park

Officials at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park reopened Chain of Craters Road at 4 p.m. Thursday, after a 24-hour closure resulting from new eruptive activity at Kilauea volcano’s Pu‘u ‘O’o crater.  Park rangers are stationed near sea level at the bottom of Chain of Craters Road, at Pu‘u Huluhulu and at Jaggar Museum to inform visitors of the latest conditions and best viewing opportunities. On Wednesday, August 3, the crater floor and lava lake within Pu‘u ‘O’o Crater collapsed and lava flowed out of its west flank. Scientists at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory monitored a…

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