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Shown here are three of the main volcanic cones (center and right) that make up the Kamakaiʻa Hills on Kīlauea Volcano’s Southwest Rift Zone. Findings from a study of the Kamakaiʻa Hills that is currently underway by the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory will likely revise the known geologic history of this remote area on Kīlauea and provide new insights on past and future eruptions along the volcano's Southwest Rift Zone. USGS photo.

Volcano Watch: Kamakaiʻa Hills: what are they and why are they there?

Visitors to the Jaggar Museum and Kaʻū Desert struck by the appearance of three dark, symmetrical volcanic cones on the western slope of Kīlauea, often ask “what are they?” and “why are they there?”

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for September 29, 2016

Kīlauea continues to erupt at its summit and East Rift Zone. This past week, the summit lava lake level varied between 20 m and 36 m (66–118 ft) below the vent rim within Halema‘uma‘u Crater.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for September 22, 2016

Kīlauea continues to erupt at its summit and East Rift Zone. The summit lava lake level varied between 33–92 feet below the vent rim within Halema‘uma‘u Crater. The 61g lava flow continued to enter the ocean near Kamokuna.

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On September 10, 2016, Kīlauea Volcano’s summit lava lake rose to within 5 m (16 ft) of the vent rim (shown above). This is the highest level the lake has reached since it overflowed the vent in April-May 2015, when lava flowed onto the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater, forming the dark-colored rock visible on either side of the vent. Charred and broken fencing (upper left) is all that remains of a former visitor overlook, closed to the public since 2008 due to explosions, volcanic gas emissions, and other hazards associated with the lava lake. USGS photo.

Volcano Watch: The rise and fall of Kīlauea’s summit lava lake – what’s happening and what does it mean?

When Halemaumau’s lava lake level is high, vigorous spattering on the lake surface creates a dazzling display, especially after dark, when the incandescent lava lights up the night sky.

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LavaTalk: Kilauea Volcano status for Sunday (Sept 18)

The 61g lava flow, extending southeast from Puʻu ʻŌʻō on Kīlauea’s south flank, continues to supply lava to the ocean near Kamokuna.

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Volcano Watch: Kīlauea ocean entry hazards – The plume is not your friend

People who venture too close to the perilous beauty of the Kamokuna ocean entry face real and present dangers.

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The lava lake at the summit of Kīlauea remained at a high level today, about 18 m (60 ft) from the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater at the time of this photo. Photo taken Monday, September 12, 2016 courtesy of USGS/HVO

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for September 15, 2016

During the past week the summit lava lake level generally varied between about 36–69 feet below the vent rim within Halema‘uma‘u Crater, but reached 16-20 feet below the rim on Saturday, Sept. 10.

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LavaTalk: Kilauea Volcano status for Monday (Sept 12)

Kīlauea Volcano continues to erupt at its summit and from its East Rift Zone. Summit tiltmeters recorded the onset of inflationary tilt at midnight, and inflation continues this morning.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for September 8, 2016

During the past week, in concert with summit inflation and deflation, the summit lava lake level varied between about 16 m and 36.5 m (52–120 ft) below the vent rim within Halema‘uma‘u Crater.

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Volcano Watch: Jaggar’s prediction comes true—the 1935 eruption of Mauna Loa

After working for 20 years building the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), Thomas Jaggar had achieved almost everything he set out to do.

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Photo taken Thursday, September 1, 2016 courtesy of USGS/HVO

Kilauea’s 61g lava flow continues to carry lava to the ocean

The 61g lava flow, extending southeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō on Kīlauea’s south flank, continues to carry lava to the ocean near Kamokuna.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for August 31, 2016

On the East Rift Zone, the “61g” lava flow continued to advance across the coastal plain and enter the ocean. The lava flow does not pose an immediate threat to nearby communities.

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