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Volcano Watch: The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory adapts to recent changes

Has it already been six months since lava began flowing through Hawai`i County’s lower Puna district?

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for November 15, 2018

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

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.

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Police send over 5K Christmas gifts to keiki worldwide

November 20, 2018

With the holidays fast approaching the Christmas Elves have been busy at the Hawaiʻi Police Department. This is the 25th year for Operation Christmas Child with more than 157 million shoe-box gifts having been delivered to children in over 160 countries. This year the Hawaiʻi Police Department is proud to have delivered 5,251 shoe-box gifts […]

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Mayor Kim to undergo surgery in Honolulu to clear blockage in artery

November 20, 2018

Hawai’i County Mayor Harry Kim will undergo surgery on Friday at the Straub Medical Center in Honolulu to clear a blockage in an artery in his lower extremities. Kim had been originally scheduled to have the surgery done at Stanford Medical Center. The purpose of the surgery is to alleviate claudication, or too little blood […]

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EPA awards Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grant for clean air projects in Hawaii

November 20, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $411,578 in Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grants to Hawaii to curb harmful pollution from diesel vehicle sources. “By promoting clean diesel technologies, we can improve air quality and human health, advance American innovation and support green jobs,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker. “Public-private partnerships […]

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Salvation Army provides Thanksgiving meals throughout Hawaii

November 19, 2018

The Salvation Army will be providing approximately 5,000 Thanksgiving holiday meals through annual meal events at locations statewide from Hanapepe to Honoka‘a, including the 48th annual Thanksgiving Meal at Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall in Honolulu for approximately 2,000 guests. [See below for locations, dates and times.] And, thanks to the previously announced donation from Hawaii-born […]

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Police DUI stats for the week of November 12-18, 2018

November 19, 2018

During the week of November 12, through November 18, 2018, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested twenty-three, (23), motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. So far this year, there have been 967 DUI arrests compared with 1,021 during the same period last year, a […]

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Average gas prices in Hawaii rise 7.2 cents per gallon the past week

November 19, 2018

Gasoline prices in Hawaii have risen 7.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.11/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 355 stations in Hawaii. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.6 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.62/g, according to GasBuddy. Average gasoline prices on November 18 in […]

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Fire hydrant flow test on Hulikoa Drive in Kona Tuesday (Nov 20)

November 18, 2018

The Department of Water Supply will be conducting a fire hydrant flow test on Hulikoa Drive between the hours of 9-10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. The affected area may experience slightly discolored and turbid water for several hours after the test. Customers are advised to refrain from washing clothes and to store a […]

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Stene: Disappointed with the lack of communications from state agencies

November 18, 2018

I’ve had issues with two state departments, Hawaii Department of Transportation and the Department of Land and Natural Resources. The DLNR has posted various documents pertaining to the Thirty Meter Telescope on their website. I inquired if they’re going to post a certain document that grants the TMT the authorization to start construction on Mauna […]

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Hawaii Island lane closures for the week of November 17-23, 2018

November 17, 2018

MEDIA RELEASE PLEASE NOTE: Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice. All projects are weather permitting. There will be no lane closures on Thursday, 11/22, through Sunday, 11/25, due to the Thanksgiving Weekend Lane Closure Restriction — MAMALAHOA HIGHWAY (ROUTE 11) — 1) MOUNTAIN VIEW Alternating lane closure on Mamalahoa Highway […]

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Man drowns at Kehena Beach Saturday afternoon (Nov 17)

November 17, 2018

Fire/rescue crews responded to a 4:59 p.m. alarm Saturday (Nov 17) to Kehena Beach in Puna for a reported drowning. Crews arrived to find bystanders performing CPR on a man in his 30s found on a black sand beach tucked away in a cove at the bottom of Kehena cliffs near the water’s edge.

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Police warrants list for Friday, November 16, 2018

November 16, 2018

The listed individuals are wanted by the Hawaii Police Department because of outstanding warrants. Persons who know a warrant is out for their arrest are advised to report to the nearest police station to avoid having an officer go to their home or workplace to arrest them.

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Covered play courts and baseball fields to reopen at Pahoa District Park Monday (Nov 19)

November 16, 2018

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation announces that the covered play courts and upper baseball fields at Pāhoa District Park will reopen on Monday, November 19, 2018. The public is invited to a blessing ceremony scheduled for 3 p.m. on November 19 at the covered play courts. Once the blessing ceremony is complete, […]

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Hunting schedule for PTA announced for November-December 2018

November 16, 2018

PTA supports Hawaii Island public hunting per the Sikes Act of 1960 and PTA Installation Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP). In accordance with the PTA Hunting Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) dated August 2018, and the PTA External Hunting SOP dated Aug 2018. For PTA hunting permits go to pta.isportsman.net/registratio…

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County traffic signal maintenance schedule for West Hawaii

November 15, 2018

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works Traffic Division will be conducting maintenance work on traffic signals along various locations in North and South Kona on Monday, November 19, 2018, to Wednesday, November 21, 2018; and on Friday, November 23, 2018, weather conditions permitting.

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