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Tour boat damage from lava explosion off the Puna coast Monday, July 16, 2018. Photo courtesy of DLNR

Twenty-three injured on tour boat hit with lava explosion Monday (July 16)

A 20-year-old woman has major leg trauma. The other passengers suffered burns and scrapes.

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The active lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u crater about 3 weeks before magma began to withdraw from beneath the crater. Visible in the middle left of the photo behind the plume, is the old Overlook parking area, closed since 2008. The parking area slumped into the crater by June 21. View is toward the southwest. USGS photo on April 13, 2018, by Lil DeSmither.

Volcano Watch: How does the current activity at Kīlauea caldera stack up against those of other volcanoes worldwide?

We are currently witnessing extraordinary events at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano.

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Fissure 8 in Leilani Estates. Photo taken Friday, July 6, 2018 courtesy of Hawaii County Fire Department.

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for July 5, 2018

On Kilauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone, lava from the fissure 8 spatter cone continues to flow in an established channel to the Kapoho coastline. Minor overflows from the channel occur periodically.

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Hilo Orchid Show Preview Party is July 12, 2018

The public is cordially invited to the Hilo Orchid Show Gala Preview Party, a “fun”-raiser that kicks off the 66th-anniversary Orchid Show and Sale in Hilo… and raises funds for peace and lava evacuees. Held from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 at the Edith Kanaka’ole Stadium, the evening gala features drinks, food, music, and […]

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Fourth of July celebration at Waikoloa Beach Resort

A fantastic fireworks finale caps off the ‘Family Fourth’ celebration at Waikoloa Beach Resort on July 4, 2018. The free, all-day event features nonstop entertainment, balloon art, carnival games and treats for all ages, from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., at Kings’ Shops, Queens’ MarketPlace and Waikoloa Bowl.

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West Hawaii candidates forum set for July 3 & 10, 2018

Candidates for State Senator District 3 and County Council District 7 will be held in West Hawaii in July.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for June 28, 2018

On Kīlauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone, lava from the fissure 8 spatter cone continues to flow in an established channel to the Kapoho coastline.

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A generalized graphic of how a collapse/explosion event sequence can occur. The upper graphic represents a cross-section of the crater filled with rock rubble and the lower graphic is an example of a typical number of earthquakes observed during a particular phase of the collapse/explosion cycle. Initially, the piston is supported by the magma reservoir. It is stable and there is very low seismicity. Second, as magma drains, stress on the faults increases and there is an earthquake swarm on the caldera ring faults. Third, the piston collapses down from its own weight. A large collapse earthquake occurs and a plume can result. Graphic credit: Brian Shiro

Volcano Watch: What causes the collapse/explosion events at Kīlauea’s summit?

What is causing these earthquakes? The short answer is that the rigid rock of the caldera floor is responding to the steady withdrawal of magma from a shallow reservoir beneath the summit.

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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park hikes, & events, June 26-July 1, 2018

Everyone is invited to find their park and experience authentic Hawaiian cultural programs, guided hikes, After Dark events and more from Ka‘ū to Volcano to Hilo.

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The Kīlauea eruption has forever destroyed the Waiopae Tidepools Marine Life Conservation District

The loss of Waiopae is extremely significant. The East Rift Zone Eruption event is keeping two State parks closed and a forest reserve closed and is adding new acreage to what is now State unencumbered land.

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This image is from a temporary research camera positioned near Kapoho looking southwest. From left to right, one can see the eruptive fissures, with Fissure 15 on the far left, and Fissure 8 near the center. Webcam image taken Sunday, June 24, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Kilauea Eruption: Lava flow continues unabated from Fissure 8 Sunday (June 24)

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to erupt with a full channel flowing to the ocean at Kapoho.  There is no immediate threat.

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This image is from a temporary research camera positioned near Kapoho looking southwest. From left to right, one can see the eruptive fissures, with Fissure 15 on the far left, and Fissure 8 near the center. Webcam image taken Saturday, June 23, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Kilauea Eruption: Fissure 8 lava flow steady Saturday (June 23)

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to erupt with a full channel flowing to the ocean at Kapoho.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for June 22, 2018

On Kīlauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone, lava from the fissure 8 spatter cone continues to flow in the established channel to the Kapoho coastline.

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View of cinder cones in the Northeast Rift Zone near the summit of Mauna Loa. View to the north-northeast with Mauna Kea in the background. Mauna Loa has erupted 33 times since 1843, most recently erupting in 1975 and 1984. Photo credit: Matt Patrick, USGS

Volcano Watch: Mauna Loa Back to Normal

Earthquakes at Mauna Loa have diminished and deformation has slowed, indicating that the volcano is no longer at an elevated level of unrest.

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