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Volcano Watch: “Leaky” lava tubes spread flows only short distances from Puʻu ʻŌʻō

By spawning so many short-lived flows over a large area, the leaky nature of the Pu‘u ‘O‘o lava tubes means that no single flow has been able to capture the volume of lava needed to develop into a sustained, rapidly advancing flow similar to the June 27th flow late last year.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for July 23, 2015

Kīlauea’s summit lava lake level remained fairly steady at 167 feet below the vent rim until July 21, when the level dropped in response to summit deflation to about 210 feet, where it remained as of July 23, 2015.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for July 16, 2015

Kīlauea’s summit lava lake level fluctuated in response to summit inflation and deflation during the past week, with measurements ranging between 167-135 feet below the vent rim.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for July 9, 2015

Kīlauea’s summit lava lake level, which fluctuates in response to summit inflation and deflation, remained fairly steady at 150-165 feet below the vent rim.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for July 2, 2015

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

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Supreme Court of the United States rules same-sex marriage legal nationwide

In a 5-4 decision in Obergefell vs. Hodges, the Supreme Court ruled the Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex.

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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: Kilauea activity update for June 18, 2015

Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone lava flow continues to feed widespread breakouts northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

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The Grassroot Institute’s transparency initiative strives for open government

The Grassroot Institute’s finds Hawaii County a difficult place when it comes to open government and transparency. Video of their findings.

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One month ago the summit lava lake was at the rim of the Overlook crater (the small crater in the center of the photo), spilling lava onto the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater (the larger crater that fills much of the photo), creating the dark flows surrounding the Overlook crater. Since that time the lava lake has dropped, associated with summit deflation, and today the lake level was about 60 meters (200 feet) below the Overlook crater rim. The stack of recent overflows is visible on the wall of the Overlook crater as the layer of dark lava atop the older, light colored lava forming the majority of the Overlook crater wall. The photo is taken from the southeast rim of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater. The closed Halemaʻumaʻu overlook is in the upper left corner of the photo. Jaggar Museum and HVO can be seen as a small bump on the horizon in the upper right portion of the photograph. Photo taken Thursday, June 9, 2015 courtesy of USGS/HVO

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for June 11, 2015

Kīlauea’s summit lava lake level fluctuated over the past week, but remained well below the Overlook crater rim. Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone lava flow continues to feed widespread breakouts northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Active flows remain within about 5 miles of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for June 4, 2015

Kīlauea’s summit lava lake level fluctuated over the past week, but remained well below the Overlook crater (vent) rim and out of direct view from Jaggar Museum.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for May 28, 2015

Kīlauea’s summit lava lake level fluctuated over the past week, but remained well below the Overlook crater (vent) rim and out of direct view from Jaggar Museum.

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