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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park recaps repair work ahead the anniversary of Kīlauea caldera’s summit collapse Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for April 18, 2019 Volcano Watch: What caused—or did not cause—the 2018 Kīlauea eruption? Volcano Watch: Recent ground control survey helps finalize USGS lava thickness map Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for April 11, 2019 Volcano Watch: Eruption pause provides an opportunity to probe volcanic pollution
 
Damage survey on Crater Rim Drive. NPS Photo by Jessica Ferracane.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park recaps repair work ahead the anniversary of Kīlauea caldera’s summit collapse

As the anniversary of the 2018 Kīlauea eruption nears, staff at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continue efforts to repair and reopen trails, roads and more.

This image is from a temporary monitoring camera on the west rim of Kilauea Caldera. The camera is looking E towards the bottom of the newly enlarged Halemaʻumaʻu crater, although the deepest part of the crater is not visible from this vantage point. The crater from left to right (roughly NNE to SSW) is approximately 1 km (0.6 mi) across. The depth of the crater in the visible image from the rim is several hundred meters.

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for April 18, 2019

Kῑlauea Volcano is not erupting and its USGS Volcano Alert level remains at NORMAL.

Earthquakes (red dots) track the progression of the magmatic intrusion from Kīlauea Volcano's middle East Rift Zone to the lower East Rift Zone between April 30 and May 3, 2018. Orange triangles show the locations of fissure 1 (right), which erupted on May 3, and Puʻu ʻŌʻō (left). The earthquakes shown here are well-located with magnitudes less than 3.5 and depths shallower than 7 km (4.3 miles). USGS graphic.

Volcano Watch: What caused—or did not cause—the 2018 Kīlauea eruption?

The USGS has been asked if the eruption was caused by or related to geothermal drilling and energy production on Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone.

A high-precision GPS unit (on white “T” in foreground) records its position at a ground control point along Pohoiki Road. This marker was painted in July 2018 and is visible in numerous aerial photographs taken by Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologists throughout Kīlauea’s lower East Rift Zone eruption last summer. GPS data are recorded over a period of four minutes at each location, enabling vertical precision of approximately 18 cm (7 in). USGS photo by M. Zoeller, 03/22/2019.

Volcano Watch: Recent ground control survey helps finalize USGS lava thickness map

Some lava thicknesses on the preliminary map were slightly overestimated, while others were underestimated.

A telephoto view of the sulfur deposits forming on the walls of Halema‘uma‘u. USGS photo by C. Parcheta, 04/02/2019.

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for April 11, 2019

Sulfur dioxide emission rates on the ERZ and at Kīlauea’s summit remain low and have been steady over the past several months.

Only small amounts of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) are currently being released from Kῑlauea, but they chemically react with each other (oxidation-reduction reaction) to form the bright yellow sulfur deposits visible on the crater walls within Halemaʻumaʻu. The current low sulfur emission rates at Kīlauea have contributed to beautifully clear skies in downwind areas. USGS photo by M. Poland, 03/22/2019.

Volcano Watch: Eruption pause provides an opportunity to probe volcanic pollution

The end of Kīlauea’s 2018 eruption was accompanied by an enormous decrease in the amount of sulfur dioxide gas (SO2) emitted from the volcano. This has led to beautifully clear skies.

Dying Ohia Trees from Rapid Ohia Death (ROD). Photo courtesy of DLNR.

Fighting Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death is a top priority

April 23, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE Ohia Love Fest Media Clips, 10-21-18 from Hawaii DLNR on Vimeo. Joining Forces with Land Managers & Scientists in the Battle (Honolulu) – While the complete data is still being analyzed, aerial surveys of Hawai‘i Island, Kaua‘i, and parts of  east Maui earlier this year covered 1,081,000 acres of ʻōhiʻa forest being potentially impacted […]

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Senator Hirono announces over $4.76M in AmeriCorps funding for three hawaii nonprofits

April 23, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE HONOLULU, HI–Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced that three Hawaii organizations have received over $4.76 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency responsible for AmeriCorps and other national service programs. Funding from CNCS will go to Kupu, Teach for America Hawaii, and the […]

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DLNR launches ‘Mālama Hawai‘i’ campaign

April 23, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE Malama Hawaii-Overview from Hawaii DLNR on Vimeo. (Honolulu) – In the coming days and months it’s going to be hard to avoid the phrase, “Mālama Hawai‘i,” when flying, staying in a hotel room, watching TV or enjoying the outdoors throughout the Hawaiian Islands. DLNR and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) have partnered to […]

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UPDATED: South Kona water tank repaired Tuesday (April 23)

April 23, 2019

This is a Department of Water Supply (DWS) message for Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 4:15 p.m. Tank repairs have been completed and the system is back to normal. Therefore, the water restriction is CANCELLED. DWS appreciates the community’s cooperation and patience during this time.

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Shark attack near Anaehoomalu Bay, area beaches are closed Tuesday (April 23)

April 23, 2019

At 9:15 a.m., Tuesday (April 23) Hawaii County Civil Defense announced a beach closure due to a shark attack in West Hawaii. The Fire Department reported a shark attack occurred off the coast near Anaehoomalu Bay (A Bay) around 8:30 a.m. this morning. The beaches in the vicinity are closed until further notice.

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Strong quake in Philippines, no tsunami threat Monday (April 22)

April 22, 2019

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 occurred in Samar, Philippines at 7:38 p.m. HST on Monday April 22 2019. Based on all available data there is no tsunami threat from this earthquake.

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Police have located a Hilo man reported missing

April 22, 2019

UPDATED: Joseph Johansen has been located. Thank you for the assistance. MEDIA RELEASE Joseph Johansen Hawaii Police are looking for Joseph Johansen, a 40-year-old man from Hilo reported missing. Last seen by St. Joseph Catholic Church in HIlo. Described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 190 pounds, brown eyes and black hair. If located please […]

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Man wounded in Honaunau shooting Sunday (April 21)

April 22, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE Hawaiʻi Island Police are investigating a shooting incident which occurred in South Kona on Sunday night. At about 10:20 p.m. Sunday (April 21), Kona patrol officers responded to Rock Bottom Road in Honaunau, where a 42-year-old male party had sustained a single non-life threatening gunshot wound. Police learned that a confrontation occurred between […]

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Opinion: North Hawaii Community Hospital nurse’s concerns for safe patient workloads

April 22, 2019

Like many of the nurses at North Hawaii Community Hospital, I’ve worked hard and dedicated my career to improve my knowledge and skill for my specialty area of nursing. I’ve been a Certified Obstetrical nurse for 14 years. I have loved working at NHCH for seven years. I enjoy associating with the highly skilled and […]

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What ID to bring when renewing your Hawaii driver’s license with Gold Star

April 22, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE When the time comes to renew your Hawai‘i Driver’s License, make sure you have all the required documents so there’s no delay in getting your license. Hawaii Driver’s License Gold Star On January 16, 2018, motorists renewing their Hawai’i driver’s licenses began bearing a star in a gold circle, indicating that the license is in full compliance […]

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Puna woman charged for ramming police car and other offenses

April 22, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE Rina-Lee Yaeko Shimizu Detectives charged a 38-year-old Pāhoa woman Friday for several offenses stemming from incident in which she allegedly rammed a police vehicle last Wednesday night in Kalapana before fleeing the scene and was subsequently arrested. The suspect is identified as a Rina-Lee Yaeko Shimizu of a Hawaiian Beaches address. The incident […]

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Motorcyclist is dead following crash with SUV Saturday (April 20)

April 22, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE A 60-year-old Kailua-Kona man died following a two vehicle collision on Saturday (April 20) in Kailua-Kona on Palani Road (Highway 190) below the intersection of the Holualoa and Highway 180.  The 60-year-old male has not yet been positively identified. Responding to a 5:39 p.m. call, police determined that a white 2013 BMW HP4 […]

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Hawaii Island lane closures for the week of April 20-26, 2019

April 22, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE PLEASE NOTE:Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice.All projects are weather permitting. — MAMALAHOA HIGHWAY (ROUTE 11/190) — 1) KA‘U Alternating lane closure on Mamalahoa Highway (Route 11) in both directions between mile markers 56 and 57 in the vicinity of Punaluu Black Sand Beach on Monday, April 22, […]

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Average gas prices in Hawaii rise 7.1 cents per gallong the past week

April 22, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE (April 22, 2019) – Hawaii gas prices have risen 7.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.76/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 355 stations. Gas prices in Hawaii are 12.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago, yet stand 0.3 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. According […]

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