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Sketch map of Halemaumau, July 1909, J.M. Lydgate;
showing Old Faithful, areas of activity, sulphur fumes, caves, Fallen-in
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Volcano Watch: Kīlauea Volcano’s “Old Faithful”—a thing of the past

The Island of Hawai‘i once had its own “Old Faithful,” composed of lava rather than boiling water, located in Halema‘uma‘u Crater at the summit of Kīlauea.

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Zooming in on the lava lake, a closer camera view of the spattering lake surface late this afternoon. Photo taken Tuesday, August 23, 2016 courtesy of USGS/HVO

Halemaumau lava lake rises to highest levels since May 2015

The lava lake surface level has risen and is approximately 20 m (66 ft) below the crater rim. This is among the highest measured levels of the lake since May 2015.

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Kilauea 61g lava flow ocean entry widens

The flow is entering the sea at several places near Kamokuna, building an increasingly large lava delta at the base of the sea cliff.

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Volcano Watch: August 6 explosive event at Kīlauea Volcano’s summit just one among many

The explosive event at Halemaʻumaʻu Crater’s lava lake on August 6, 2016, was the latest in a series that began in 2008.

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On Friday evening, breakouts from the east side of lava flow "61g" provided good viewing for visitors who walked in from the Kalapana viewing area. Photo taken Friday, August 12, 2016 courtesy of USGS/HVO

Kilauea 61g lava flow continues spilling into the ocean

The 61G lava flow, extending southeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō on Kīlauea’s south flank, continued to be active and to enter the sea at multiple places near Kamokuna.

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During today's overflight of Kīlauea Volcano's "61g" lava flow, the ocean entry appeared less robust, with only one small flow of active lava streaming over the sea cliff. The second, smaller ocean entry point, west of this main entry (noted in our July 29 photo), was not active at the time of the overflight. Photo taken Tuesday, August 2, 2016 courtesy of USGS/HVO

Kilauea’s 61g lava flow ocean entry is slowing, breakouts continue on land

The western portion of the ocean entry was not active during observations yesterday, such that its span was narrowed to about 492 feet since July 29.

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This morning, slow-moving pāhoehoe lava toes and lobes continued to break out from the active flow that crossed the "emergency route" gravel road on Kīlauea Volcano's south flank. Viewing these active breakouts requires a long (8-10 miles, round trip) and hot hike. It is essential for anyone attempting the hike to carry 2-3 quarts of drinking water per person. Sturdy shoes and sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen) are highly recommended. Early morning or late evening hikers should also carry a flashlight and extra batteries. For more safety info, please visit http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2000/fs152-00/ and https://www.nps.gov/havo/learn/photosmultimedia/lava-safety-video.htm Photo taken Saturday, July 30, 2016 courtesy of USGS/HVO

Visitors to the active lava flow should be prepared for a long, hot and dusty hike

Viewing the active breakouts requires a long (8-10 miles, round trip) and hot hike. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is waiving their entrance fee on Monday (Aug 1) to celebrate the centennial of their establishment.

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The summit lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu Crater continuously circulates, with lava upwelling on one side of the lake and downwelling on the opposite side, often resulting in vigorous spattering (bright spot on left side of lake). As it circulates, sections of the dark-colored, semi-solid lake surface pull apart, revealing the incandescent molten lava beneath and creating the appearance of a jigsaw puzzle. This evening, the lava lake surface was about 26 m (85 ft) below the vent rim. The silhouette of Mauna Loa is visible in upper right. Photo taken Wednesday, July 27, 2016 courtesy of USGS/HVO

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for July 28, 2016

Kīlauea continues to erupt at its summit and East Rift Zone. During the past week, the summit lava lake level varied between about 70–85 feet below the vent rim within Halema‘uma‘u Crater

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The active lava flow on Kīlauea Volcano's south flank crossed the emergency access road in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park this afternoon around 3:20 p.m., HST, providing wonderful lava-viewing experiences for Park visitors. A section of the road can be seen here, with fume from the active lava tube in the far distance behind it, and the active flow front in the foreground. The flow front continued to advance, and was less than 100 meters (yards) from the ocean a few hours later (when this photo was taken). The lava flow reached the ocean about 01:15 a.m. July 26. Photo taken Monday, July 25, 2016 courtesy of USGS/HVO

Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō 61G lava flow crosses the coastal emergency road and enters the ocean

The 61G lava flow extending southeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō entered the ocean, as of as of 1:12 a.m., Tuesday morning, July 26, 2016.

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A faint double rainbow provided a beautiful backdrop for sluggish pāhoehoe lava oozing out from near the flow front this morning. Photo taken Friday, July 22, 2016 courtesy of USGS/HVOThe flow was about 615m from the road and 760 m from the ocean.

Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō 61G lava flow still active, about 0.45 miles from the ocean

The 61G lava flow extending southeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō towards the coastal plain on Kīlauea’s south flank remains active. Yesterday, the flow was approximately 0.4 miles from the coastal emergency road and 0.45 miles from the ocean.

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Volcano Watch: Kīlauea Volcano’s eruptions offer picturesque viewing opportunities

The new vent opened on the eastern flank of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō and is now sending lava down the south flank of Kīlauea and across the coastal plain for the first time since 2013.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for July 21, 2016

GPS measurements show deformation of Mauna loa related to inflation of a magma reservoir beneath the summit and upper Southwest Rift Zone, with inflation occurring mainly in the southwestern part of the magma storage complex.

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