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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.

HVO geologists (one shown here for scale) examined Kīlauea Volcano's 2018 lava flow near Isaac Hale Beach Park on March 29. This part of the lower East Rift Zone fissure 8 flow is mostly "toothpaste lava"—an informal name for secondary spiny pāhoehoe lava that oozed out from the stalled primary ‘a‘ā flow that reached the coast. This lobe, classic toothpaste lava, is about 3-4 m (9–13 ft) thick and about 70 m (76–77 yds) long. USGS photo by M. Patrick.

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for April 4, 2019

Rates of seismicity, deformation, and gas release have not changed significantly over the past week.

Grenade found, Hilo Transfer Station temporarily shutdown Thursday (April 18)

April 19, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE Hawaii Island Police are reporting the discovery of an explosive ordnance at the Hilo Transfer Station Thursday, April 18, 2019. Upon the 2:01 p.m. discovery the site was evacuated for about 40 minutes while the device was examined. The explosive device was found to be a non-functioning grenade, with no detonation ability. The […]

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Police warrants list for Thursday, April 18, 2019

April 18, 2019

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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Puna man arrested for multiple offenses

April 18, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE Septi Tuaefe On Monday (April 15), Hawaiʻi Island Police arrested a 28-year old Kalapana Black Sands man for an array of offenses. Police have arrested Septi Tuaefe, also known as “Joe”, for an array of offenses that include unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, fraud use of a license plate, possession of a […]

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Police investigate shipping container fire in Kailua-Kona Wednesday (April 17)

April 17, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE Big Island police are investigating a fire outside a retail establishment in Kailua-Kona. At approximately 1:45 am on April 17, 2019, Kona patrol officers responded to a report of a fire at the loading dock of a business located in the 74-5000 block of Makala Boulevard in Kona.  Upon arrival, the Hawaii Fire […]

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Police are searching for a Puna man wanted on warrants

April 17, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 42-year-old Puna man who is wanted for outstanding warrants. Shilo Brent Shilo Brent, of Glenwood, is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-7, weighs about 175 pounds, medium build, tan complexion, with short brown hair and a receding hairline, often sports a goatee, and […]

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April 17, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE Distracted driving has become a national epidemic—endangering passengers, adjacent vehicle occupants, motorcyclists and bicyclists, and nearby pedestrians. While we generally think of distracted driving as texting or talking on the cell phone, it can take many other forms: watching videos, using social media, playing games, reading, adjusting the radio station, applying makeup, eating, […]

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Drug take-back day on Saturday (April 27)

April 17, 2019

The Hawaiʻi Police Department reminds you that Saturday, (April 27), is National Take-Back Day, providing the community an opportunity to turn in your unused or expired medications for safe, anonymous disposal.

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Police DUI stats for the week of April 8-14, 2019

April 16, 2019

During the week of April 8, 2019, through April 14, 2019, Hawaiʻi Island Police arrested sixteen, (16), motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Five of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. There were no drivers under the age of 21.

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Police are searching for a Pepeekeo man wanted on warrants

April 15, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE Robert Navor Jr. Hawaii Island Police are searching for a 28 year old Pepeekeo man.Robert Nanauu Navor Jr. is wanted for several warrants and police investigations involving a stolen vehicle and resisting an order to stop a motor vehicle.  Navor is described as 5’10” in height, 200 pounds, with brown eyes and brown […]

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Kalanikoa Street in Hilo fronting Edith Kanakaole Multi-Purpose Stadium. Hawaii 24/7 File Photo

Lane closure in Hilo due to Merrie Monarch Festival April 24-28, 2019

April 15, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE In conjunction with the 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival, there will be a temporary one-way traffic pattern on Kalanikoa Street in Hilo. Traffic will be allowed to flow in the makai, or northerly, direction on Kalanikoa Street between Pi’ilani Street to Kuawa Street during the festival. The one-way traffic pattern will remain in […]

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Kapiolani Street in Hilo next to St. Joseph Catholic Church. Hawaii 24/7 File Photo

One-way traffic near St. Joseph Church in Hilo for Easter

April 15, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE In observance of the 2019 Easter season activities at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hilo, there will be a temporary one-way traffic pattern on Kapiʻolani Street. Traffic will be allowed to flow in the Puna or southeasterly direction on Kapiʻolani Street, between Waiānuenue Avenue to Haili Street during certain hours.  Specifically, the one-way […]

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Officer Kahaloumi recognized as Officer of the Quarter

April 15, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE (L-R) Paola Pagan, Officer John Kahalioumi Captain Jeremie Evangelista, Michael Vasquez On, (April 12), the Hawaiʻi Island Security and Safety Professionals Association, (HISSPA), recognized Officer John Kahalioumi as their HISSPA Officer of the Quarter for Q1 2019.  Officer Kahaloumi is currently assigned to the North Kohala Patrol Division and is a liaison to […]

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Landslide temporarily closes Hilo bound lane at Laupahoehoe Gulch Sunday (April 14)

April 14, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE HAWAII POLICE DEPT 10:59 a.m. Update: Highway 19/Laupahoehoe Gulch is now open in both directions. — The Hawaii Police Department advises you to USE CAUTION on Mamalahoa Highway (Route 19) at Laupahoehoe Gulch  due to a landslide with debris on the roadway.  State Highways has been notified. Currently there is no estimated time […]

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Hawaii Island lane closures for the week of April 13-19, 2019

April 13, 2019

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 Friday, April 19, in observance of Good Friday, unless permitted. — MAMALAHOA HIGHWAY (ROUTE 11/190) — 1) KA‘U Alternating lane closure on Mamalahoa Highway (Route 11) in both directions between […]

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