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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for April 17, 2014

On Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone, the Kahauale‘a 2 flow continued to be active northeast of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō. On Wednesday (April 9) the active flow front was 5.2 miles Northeast of the vent on Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō.

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This portable “power” platform is designed to be slung by helicopter to temporary monitoring sites on Hawaiian volcanoes. The platform is being used at Webcam sites and at Kïlauea’s summit to measure activity of the lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u Crater—a continuously recording gravity meter and an experimental camera for measuring sulfur dioxide gas (shown here). The platform can also be used for other types of monitoring instruments. Photo courtesy of USGS/HVO

Volcano Watch: Portable instrument platforms enable rapid deployment of monitoring stations

Cascades Volcano Observatory scientists designed and built self-contained, portable units that could be slung into place by helicopter, without needing people to work at the site. Nicknamed “spiders” several were placed on the old dome of Mount St. Helens.

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The total lunar eclipse from Mountain View, Hawaii

Strong trade winds pushed cloud cover aside so that many residents on the Big Island had a chance to view the total lunar eclipse Monday (April 14).

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A composite of four images during the partial and total lunar eclipse early Saturday morning. Photographed from the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station at 9,300 feet. Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

Lunar eclipse can be seen from Hawaii (April 14)

This year Hawaii is the host of two(!) total lunar eclipses: One at April 14 and one at Oct. 8.

The lunar eclipse of April 14th starts just before 7 pm Hawaiian time and ends half an hour after midnight April 15. The moon will be totally eclipsed between 21:08 and 22:23 April 14.

The best time to see the eclipse is between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for April 10, 2014

A lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u produced nighttime glow that was visible via HVO’s Webcam during the past week.

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Volcano Watch: April 2014: Commemorating –­ and then monitoring – tsunamis

April is again Tsunami Awareness Month in the State of Hawaii. As in previous years, groups across the state are conducting exercises and other activities to increase awareness of, and preparedness for, tsunami hazards.

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A closer view of the lava pond in the northeast portion of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater Monday (April 7, 2014). The lava pond has partially closed over the past several weeks, and today was about 5 meters (yards) in diameter - about half of the diameter from two weeks ago. The pond was spattering, with small bits of airborne spatter visible in this photograph. Photo courtesy of USGS/HVO

Latest volcano and Kahaualeʻa 2 lava flow update, Tuesday (April 8)

The eruption of Kīlauea continues at two vents. One at the summit of Kīlauea within Halema‘uma‘u Crater and the other on the east rift zone, 10 miles east of the summit.

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Halemaumau Crater Thursday, April 3, 2014. Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for April 3, 2014

A lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u produced nighttime glow that was visible via HVO’s Webcam during the past week. As of Thursday, April 3, the lava level for the week had been relatively steady.

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Scanning Electron Microscope images, collected at UH Hilo, showing a fragment of lava collected from the Puʻu ʻŌʻō lava pond in November 2013. The bar scale at the right is 300 microns (0.012 in). The mostly uniform light gray is basalt glass and darker gray crystals are olivine (left) and pyroxene (right). Both crystals contain melt inclusions comprised of light gray glass. The polished, 1-inch-round acrylic disk (upper-right) contains fragments of Puʻu ʻŌʻō lava (top row ) and Pele’s tears and hairs from Halema`uma`u (bottom rows) ready for analysis.

Volcano Watch: UHH is part of the HVO team monitoring Kīlauea eruptions

Under the direction of Dr. Cheryl Gansecki, students and staff at UHH have been trained in HVO’s protocol for the processing and preparation of lava samples.

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Second HI-SEAS Mars space analog study begins

Kim Binsted: Our tools and technology for space exploration are very good, but as a human race we still must contend with the ‘soft side’ risks of space travel

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Bill backs PISCES, NASA communications station

MEDIA RELEASE Sen. Will Espero, along with officials from NASA, is urging the approval of Senate Bill 2583 Senate Draft 1, a bill related to launching Hawaii’s aerospace industry through investment in a laser optical communications ground station. The measure is awaiting a hearing in the House Finance committee. The purpose of the measure is [...]

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for March 27, 2014

A lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u produced nighttime glow that was visible via HVO’s Webcam during the past week. The lava level fluctuated between 148 and 167 ft below the rim of the Overlook crater.

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