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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for February 4, 2016

Kīlauea continues to erupt at its summit and East Rift Zone. During the past week, the summit lava lake level was relatively stable.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for January 28, 2016

Kīlauea continues to erupt at its summit and East Rift Zone. During the past week, the summit lava lake level was relatively stable, varying between about 35 and 38 m (115–125 ft) below the vent rim within Halema‘uma‘u Crater.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for January 21, 2016

Kīlauea continues to erupt at its summit and East Rift Zone. On the East Rift Zone, scattered lava flow activity remained within about 4 miles of Puʻu ʻŌʻō Crater.

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Explosive event at Halemaumau ejects unique, hollow Pele’s Tear

Rockfalls impacting Halemaumau’s lava lake trigger explosive events that propel volcanic rock fragments (tephra) upward. A one-of-a-kind, completely hollow Pele’s tear was found after the explosion.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for January 7, 2016

During the past week, the summit lava lake level varied between about 28 and 35 m (95–115 ft) below the vent rim within Halema‘uma‘u Crater.

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Kilauea Caldera with the glow from the lava lake in Halemaumau Crater.

Wish you were here? Kilauea Caldera in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Halemaumau’s Overlook crater lava lake continues to put on a show for visitors as the lake level has risen to within 100 feet of the floor Halemaumau crater.

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An HVO geologist collects a molten lava sample for chemical analysis, scooping up a bit with the rock hammer to then drop in the water bucket to quench it. Puʻu ʻŌʻō is visible in the distance. Photo taken Wednesday, December 30, 2015 courtesy of USGS/HVO

Volcano Watch: Kīlauea Volcano’s East Rift Zone eruption turns 33!

January 3, 2016, marks the 33rd anniversary of the start of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō eruption.

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The sun angle was ideal this morning to show the complex texture on the surface of the lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu Crater at Kīlauea's summit. Spattering was active in the southeast portion of the lake. For scale, the lake is about 230 meters or 755 feet across. Photo taken Wednesday, December 30, 2015 courtesy of USGS/HVO

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for December 31, 2015

During the past week, the summit lava lake level varied between about 35 and 64 m (115–210 ft) below the vent rim within Halema‘uma‘u Crater.

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A bubbling lava surface could be seen about 5 m (16 ft) below the opening of the new vent when viewed from the air. The size of the opening will likely grow with time, as the narrow septa between the individual holes collapse. Photo taken Thursday, December 17, 2015 courtesy of USGS/HVO

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for December 24, 2015

On the East Rift Zone, scattered lava flow activity remained within about 6 km (4 mi) of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for December 17, 2015

Mauna Loa is not erupting. The seismicity rate is elevated above background levels, but has not increased over rates observed in recent months.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for December 10, 2015

Kīlauea continues to erupt at its summit and East Rift Zone. The summit lava lake level varied between about 138–203 feet below the vent rim within Halema‘uma‘u Crater.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for December 3, 2015

On the East Rift Zone, scattered lava flow activity remained within about 6 km (4 mi) of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

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