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September 19, 2018 USGS photo looking southward of the south caldera of Kīlauea Volcano showing the main collapse area. The south Sulphur Bank is in the left side of the photo. Uēkahuna Bluff, from where this photo was taken, cuts across the bottom and lower right corner of the photo. After the collapse of 1868, the caldera floor may have looked something like this.

Volcano Watch: A summit collapse 150 years ago had similarities to the 2018 collapse

Kīlauea summit collapses accompanied by lava lake draining are a routine part of the long-term refilling of the current caldera produced centuries ago.

Panorama of the Kīlauea Caldera Wide Angle from HVO Observation Tower. November 7, 2018. Images courtesy of USGS/HVO

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for November 8, 2018

Kīlauea is not erupting. Low rates of seismicity, deformation, and gas release have not changed significantly over the past week.

Kīlauea Volcano's summit, as viewed from the southwest, shows the collapsed area of Halema‘uma‘u and the adjacent caldera floor. A section of Crater Rim Drive preserved on a down-dropped block is visible at the far right. Volcanic gases rising from magma stored beneath the summit continue to escape to the surface, as they have for as long as Kīlauea has existed, resulting in deposits of sulfur on the crater walls.

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for November 1, 2018

A slight inflationary trend near and east of Puʻu ʻŌʻō suggests that magma may be refilling the middle East Rift Zone. Low seismicity and reduced gas emissions do not indicate that the magma is shallow, but HVO continues to closely monitor this area and will report any significant changes.

Bright red polygon features were drawn by USGS Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysts around new or active lower East Rift Zone lava flows, which appear lighter in color due to their high temperature on this thermal map. Collected during a helicopter overflight on May 9, 2018, this map shows fissures 6 (left) and 15 (right) with Pohoiki Road passing between the two vents. USGS map.

Volcano Watch: How are lava-flow maps made during an eruption?

Computer programs known as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have been the preferred tool of USGS cartographers for many years. Using commercial GIS software, the user creates a stack of “layers,” such as labels, roads, and political boundaries that together form a map.

Parker School Robotics Club recently competed at the World Robot Summit 2018 in Tokyo Japan (left to right: Brent Takenuchi, Logan Kidani and Del Jordan). Photo courtesy of Parker School

Parker School Robotics Club competes in Japan at World Robot Summit 2018

Parker School’s Robotics Club recently competed on the world stage at the World Robot Summit 2018 held in Tokyo, Japan on October 17-21.

In this panoramic view, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park’s Crater Rim Drive (left foreground) disappears into the enormous void created by the collapse of Halema‘uma‘u and portions of the Kīlauea caldera floor during the dramatic events at the summit of the volcano in May-August 2018. USGS photo by D. Dzurisin.

Volcano Watch: Kīlauea 2018 events mark a watershed for volcano science

The 2018 summit collapse and lower East Rift Zone eruption at Kīlauea Volcano were dramatic and, for many Island of Hawaiʻi residents, tragic events. As with all eruptive crises, these events offered exceptional opportunities to learn more about how volcanoes work and to answer some “bigger picture” questions.

Simulated casualty Cpl. Brad Rosati, a navigation aids technician with Air Traffic Control maintenance, Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, climbs into the rescue basket of a Coast Guard Eurocopter HH-65 Dolphin helicopter during a joint-service aircraft mishap drill over Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, Oct. 18. The drill simulated a CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter crash over water, and allowed the joint-service team to exercise standard operating procedures for air and waterborne rescue operations.

Crews search for missing freediver off the Kohala Coast Tuesday (Nov 13)

November 13, 2018

Coast Guard and Hawaii County Fire Department crews are searching for a missing free diver off Kohala, Big Island, Tuesday. “We are currently searching for Guy Hermogila,” said Sam Gardner, a Sector Honolulu search and rescue coordinator. “It was reported to us he was last known to be free diving off Black Point, Kohala, last […]

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Police DUI stats for the week of November 5-11, 2018

November 13, 2018

During the week of November 5, through November 11, 2018, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested thirteen (13), motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. So far this year, there have been 944 DUI arrests compared with 997 during the same period last year, a decrease of 5.3 percent.

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UPDATED: Papaikou water main break repaired Tuesday (Nov 13)

November 13, 2018

The Department of Water Supply (DWS) reports the water main break near Papa’ikou Gym has been repaired. Papa‘ikou residents and customers from Maluna Place, and north along Old Mamalahoa Highway, including all side roads, should have water restored.

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Average gas prices in Hawaii rise 0.7 cents per gallon the past week

November 12, 2018

Gasoline prices in Hawaii have risen 0.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.04/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 355 stations in Hawaii. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.9 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.67/g, according to GasBuddy.

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Hawaii Island lane closures for the week of November 10-16, 2018

November 10, 2018

MEDIA RELEASE HAWAII ISLAND LANE CLOSURES For the week of Saturday, Nov. 10, to Friday, Nov. 16 PLEASE NOTE: Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice. All projects are weather permitting. Road work occurring on the Veteran’s Day holiday will be denoted with HOLIDAY WORK. Areas currently under 24-hour closure will […]

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County recycling program no longer accepts #5 plastics

November 9, 2018

Due to changes in global recycling markets, starting December 1, 2018, the County of Hawai’i will no longer accept #5 plastics, plastic grocery bags, nor any clam shell-type plastic (salad, bentos, fruit, etc.) in the mixed recyclable bins at the Recycling & Transfer Stations.

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State Energy Office hosts community meetings on utility ownership & regulation

November 9, 2018

The Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO) will host a series of community meetings across the state next week to gather input for a study being done on future models for utility ownership and regulation in Hawaii.

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Hawaiian Airlines issues travel waivers due to California wildfires

November 9, 2018

Hawaiian Airlines is waiving reservation change fees to assist guests holding tickets for travel to, from and via Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Long Beach Airport (LGB) through Monday, Nov. 12, due to the California wildfires.

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Police seek owners of theft recovered items

November 9, 2018

Hawaiʻi Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the owner of some property found in a stolen vehicle. Police recovered and searched a vehicle recovered on, (October 16). During the search, police found several items that did not belong to the owner of the searched vehicle. Police are hoping that the rightful […]

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Mamalahoa Hwy (Route 11) resurfacing work in Captain Cook November 13-16, 2018

Mamalahoa Hwy (Route 11) resurfacing work in Captain Cook November 13-16, 2018

November 8, 2018

The County of Hawai’i Department of Public Works Highway Maintenance Division will begin resurfacing work on Māmalahoa Hwy. (Hwy.11) between Choice Mart and Manago Hotel on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, to Friday, November 16, 2018. Work is scheduled between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., weather and construction conditions permitting.

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Police charge Hilo man with Haili Street robbery

November 7, 2018

Hawaiʻi Island Police have charged a 21-year-old Hilo man in connection with a robbery that occurred on Haili Street in Hilo on the morning of Monday, (November 5).

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Police classify death of Kona boy as a homicide

November 7, 2018

On Tuesday, (November 6), an autopsy was performed on the 6-year-old who died on, (October 31), in Kona. Autopsy results reveal the cause of death involved trauma. The manner of death is a homicide. Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigation Division are continuing their investigation into this death.

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Senator Hirono’s statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ forced resignation

November 7, 2018

In a direct move to undermine the Mueller investigation, Donald Trump forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign. I am concerned that the Mueller investigation will now be overseen by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker – someone who has raised some troubling views about the investigation.

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Rescue crews assist dirt bike riders to safety Tuesday night (Nov 6)

November 7, 2018

Fire/rescue crews responded to a 6:13 p.m. alarm Tuesday (Nov 6) to an ATV Park on Stainback Highway for a report of two lost children on dirt bikes. After contacting rescue the father of the children located them but they could not get back to the roadway due to being lost in the darkness. Crews […]

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