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National Park Week Volcano Watch: Did groundwater trigger explosive eruptions at Kīlauea? Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for March 22, 2019 Volcano Watch: Magnitude 5.5 earthquake Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for March 15, 2019 Early morning 5.5 magnitude quake strikes Hawaii Island, no tsunami threat Wednesday (March 13)
 
Carving Ki‘i. Photo by James K. Kaulukukui Jr.

National Park Week & April 2019 Events at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture, After Dark in the Park talks, and stewardship programs in April.

Explosive eruption columns of ash rising from Halema‘uma‘u at 11:15 a.m. on May 18, 1924 (left) and at 11:05 a.m. on May 15, 2018 (right) look similar. Researchers are re-evaluating early assumptions about the role groundwater played in triggering these explosive eruptions at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano and are now looking at the build-up of gases from retreating magma as a likely trigger. USGS photos.

Volcano Watch: Did groundwater trigger explosive eruptions at Kīlauea?

An explosive eruption at Halema‘uma‘u in 1924 looks similar to the column of ash rising from Halema‘uma‘u in 2018.

After magma drained from Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō on April 30, 2018, the crater was roughly 356 m (1168 ft) deep, with the upper part of the crater flared and the deeper part a narrower cylindrical shaft. Collapses on the crater walls have since enlarged sections of the crater and filled the deepest part with rockfall debris, creating a much different crater geometry—as shown in this comparison of models from May 11, 2018, and March 18, 2019. Today, the deepest portion of the crater is 286 m (938 ft).

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for March 22, 2019

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

Map of selected earthquakes beneath a portion of southeast Hawai`i from May 4, 2018 to March 14, 2019, showing principally aftershocks following May 4, 2018 M6.9 earthquake. Black dots indicate epicenters of 13,083 earthquakes located during this time interval; yellow stars show locations of the M6.9 earthquake and the March 13, 2019 M5.5 earthquake. Data source: U S Geological Survey, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Volcano Watch: Magnitude 5.5 earthquake – a bump in the night toward a mo​re typical seismic background

This is the same fault that was responsible for last May’s M6.9 earthquake.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for March 15, 2019

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

Epicenter of the early morning Wednesday, March 13, 2019 earthquake.

Early morning 5.5 magnitude quake strikes Hawaii Island, no tsunami threat Wednesday (March 13)

A 5.5 magnitude earthquake occurred on Kilauea Volcano at 12:55 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019. No tsunami is expected from this quake. According to the USGS ‘Did you feel it?’ website the quake was felt throughout Hawaii Island.

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Keaau man sought in Hawaii Beaches shooting Monday (March 25)

March 25, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE Wesley Kaimana Brooks A 31-year-old Keaʻau man is being sought for questioning in connection with an early morning shooting in Hawaiian Beaches. This morning (March 25), shortly after 6:15 a.m., Puna patrol officers responded to a report of several shots fired on Kawakawa Street in Hawaiian Beaches. Responding officers learned that a 26-year-old […]

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Police continue search for Kona shooting suspect

March 25, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE Walter Gomes III Hawaiʻi Island Police are continuing their search for the suspect in a Kona shooting incident. Following up on tips from the community, police have checked locations in Kohala and Kona, and police teams continue to search for Walter Gomes III since the initial incident.  “We appreciate the cooperation of citizens […]

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Police DUI stats for the week of March 18-24, 2019

March 25, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE During the week of March 18, 2019, through March 24, 2019,  Hawaiʻi Island Police arrested seventeen, (17), motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Six of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. There were no drivers under the age of 21.   So far this year, there have been […]

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DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) Academy Graduates on November 29, 2018. Photo courtesy DLNR

DLNR opens recruitment for DOCARE Officers

March 25, 2019

The DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) is beginning recruitment for Conservation & Resources Enforcement Officer (I) positions to fill vacancies across the state.

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Glenwood Park closed until further notice due to theft of water tank and vandalism

March 25, 2019

Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation is informing the public that Glenwood Park, located on Highway 11 near mile marker 15, will be closed indefinitely due to theft of the park’s potable water storage tank. The 3,000 gallon tank was stolen sometime in the early morning hours of March 25, 2019.

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Water tank stolen from Glenwood Park, police seek witnesses

March 25, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE Glenwood Park Water Tank Hawaiʻi Island Police are seeking witnesses or information relative to a theft of a water tank from the Glenwood Park in Mountain View.  It was reported by County personnel that this morning, Monday, (March 25), between 1:50 a.m. and 2:25 a.m., a black 4000-gallon water catchment tank was removed […]

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Police seek Pahoa man on bench warrants

March 25, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE Justin James Clark Hawaiʻi Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance with locating a 32-year-old Pāhoa man who is wanted on an outstanding Grand Jury Warrant after Indictment for Negligent Homicide first-degree and three outstanding bench warrants. Justin James Clark is described as 6-feet-3-inches, 180 pounds, light complexion, slim build, light brown […]

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Pahoa man charged for theft and firearm offenses

March 25, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE Captain Max Starbuck Blackwell A 43-year-old Pāhoa man was charged for theft and firearm offenses after the crime was captured on video surveillance. After conferring with prosecutors, detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section charged Captain Max Starbuck Blackwell with first-degree burglary, one count of third-degree theft, one count of unauthorized control […]

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Average gas prices in Hawaii rise 8 cents per gallon the past week

March 25, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE (March 25, 2019) – Hawaii gas prices have risen 8.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.64/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 355 stations. Gas prices in Hawaii are 15.2 cents per gallon higher than a month ago, yet stand 14.0 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. According […]

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Results of East Hawaii Challenge canoe races Saturday (March 23)

March 24, 2019

By Jane Bockus | Special to Hawaii 24/7 Conditions were rough for the East Hawaii Challenge Saturday, March 23, 2019. The ocean was so rough the original start line at Richardson’s Beach Park in Keaukaha had to be moved to Hilo Bayfront. The high surf prevented the launching of canoes at Richardsons. It was a […]

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Senator Hirono on the Attorney General’s Summary of the Mueller Report

March 24, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) issued the following statement after the release of Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary of the Mueller Report. “Robert Mueller did not exonerate Donald Trump on obstruction of justice. Instead, Attorney General Bill Barr made his own determination consistent with his unsolicited 19-page memo arguing that […]

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Fire burns shack in Puna early Sunday morning (March 24)

March 24, 2019

By Hawaii 24/7 Staff Fire/rescue crews responded to a 3:50 a.m. alarm Sunday (March 24) to 11-1744 Ohelo Street in Eden Roc subdivision for a structure fire. Crews arrived to find a 12-by-20 foot shack type structure, a tarp roof with the contents engulfed in flames. Some brush next to the shack also caught fire. […]

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Hawaii Island lane closures for the week of March 23-29, 2019

March 23, 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 Ninole Loop Road on Monday, March 25, […]

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Senator Hirono on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report to the Attorney General

March 22, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C.–Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) issued the following statement after Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report to the Attorney General: “Today, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his investigation and delivered his report to the Attorney General. His investigation has already revealed many details about an extensive Russian campaign to elect Donald […]

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