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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for February 18, 2016

Kīlauea continues to erupt at its summit and East Rift Zone. During the past week, the summit lava lake level varied between about 95–131 feet below the vent rim within Halema‘uma‘u 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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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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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for September 3, 2015

Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone lava continues to feed widespread breakouts northeast and east of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. All active lava remains within about 8 km (5 mi) of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

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From September 4, 2014, to March 25, 2015, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists raised the Volcano Alert Level for Kīlauea from WATCH to WARNING as the June 27th lava flow advanced toward Pāhoa and posed an imminent hazard and threat to nearby communities and infrastructure. Shown here on September 12, the leading edge of the lava flow (marked by dense smoke, middle right) burned through thick forest less than 200 m (220 yds) from the boundary of Kahoe Homesteads (lower left). USGS photo.

Volcano Watch: From WATCH to WARNING and back: Kīlauea Volcano’s status changes during past year

This week marks the one-year anniversary of when the June 27th lava flow was considered by USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists to be an imminent threat to Kaohe Homesteads residents in the Puna District.

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Kilo weakens to a tropical depression, forecast to strengthen to a tropical storm

Kilo is forecast to gradually strengthen over the next few days and possibly become a tropical storm again Saturday night.

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Tropical Depression Three-c expected to become a hurricane

The National weather Service is closely monitoring Tropical Depression Three-c located approximately 570 miles south-southeast of Hilo and moving west0northwest at 15 mph with maximum sustained winds at 35 mph.

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Volcano Watch: The past is the key to the future at Kīlauea

For 15 years, we’ve been on a journey of discovery through Kīlauea’s volcanic past. Today we review what’s been learned on that journey and how new findings are shaping our thoughts about the future at Kīlauea.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for August 6, 2015

Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone “June 27th lava flow” continues to feed widespread breakouts northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

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Scattered breakouts remain active northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō on the June 27th lava flow, but have not advanced significantly over the past month. This photo shows the farthest reach of active lava on the flow field today, which was about 8 km (5 miles) northeast of the vent on Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Minor brush fires were active where lava was entering forest. Photo taken Friday, June 19, 2015 courtesy of USGS/HVO

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for June 25, 2015

Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone lava flow continues to feed widespread breakouts northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Active flows are slowly overplating and widening the flow field.

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Volcano Watch: Restless activity beneath Mauna Loa continues

The recent high lava lake levels at Kīlauea Volcano have caught the attention of visitors and kama‘aina alike. But we shouldn’t forget that unrest at Mauna Loa continues.

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A portion of the Halemaʻumaʻu Crater wall collapsed at 1:20 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2015, impacting the lava lake and triggering a small explosion of spatter and a robust particle-laden plume. Fist-size clasts were deposited around the closed Halemaʻumaʻu visitor overlook. Photo taken Sunday, May 3, 2015 courtesy of USGS/HVO

Rockfall into lava lake triggers explosion Sunday (May 3)

A portion of the Halemaʻumaʻu Crater wall collapsed at 1:20 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2015, impacting the lava lake and triggering a small explosion of spatter and a robust particle-laden plume.

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