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This ‘a‘ā flow erupted from fissure 8  on Kīlauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone on June 1, 2018, shows how the interior of a lava flow remains incandescently hot even though surface cooling forms a crust of solid rubble. Based on studies of lava flow cooling rates, it will take more than 130 days for a flow this thick (about 4.5 m, or 15 ft) to cool to a temperature of about 200 degrees Celsius (290 degrees Fahrenheit). USGS photo by A. Lerner.

Volcano Watch: How do lava flows cool and how long does it take?

Since the end of the 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption questions have surfaced concerning how long it will take for the new lava flows to solidify.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for February 28, 2019

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

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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park March 2019 events

Hawaii National Park, Hawai‘i –Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture, After Dark in the Park talks, stewardship programs and opportunities to explore the Kahuku Unit during March 2019.

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Bird’s-eye view of the fortress on Kauai. Photo credit: Alexander Molodin

Lyman Museum presentation on the controversy behind the renaming of “Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park” on Kauai

Dr. Peter Mills explains the ongoing controversy that has prompted the Russian Ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antanov, and thousands of Russians and Russian-Americans to protest the proposed renaming of this historic site.

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Waikoloa lava flows viewed from the International Space Station

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station shot this photograph of historical lava flows at Waikoloa on the island of Hawai‘i.

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A USGS pilot and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory gas geochemist prepare to conduct a test flight of an unmanned aerial system (UAS) on Kīlauea Volcano in November 2018. This UAS was outfitted with a prototype miniaturized multi-gas sensor for the detection of volcanic gases emitted by Kīlauea, including sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide. USGS photo by Patricia Nadeau.

Volcano Watch: Low sulfur emissions mean a new focus on a different volcanic gas

Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) smells are still sometimes detected around the island, but it’s another gas emitted by Kīlauea that has become more important lately—carbon dioxide (CO2).

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Photo taken Tuesday, February 19, 2019 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for February 21, 2019

Deformation signals are consistent with refilling of Kīlauea Volcano’s deep East Rift Zone (ERZ).

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PTA training, hunting & community update for February 2019

US Air Force F-22 Raptor jets will be training above PTA on February 22 from 10-11 am. PTA will be taking part in the Engineer Bash at the Thelma Parker Community Library in Waimea on February 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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AARP 2019 Community Challenge Grant Program is open for applications

AARP is now accepting applications for the 2019 Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change in local communities.

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High Surf and Winter Weather Advisories for Hawaii Island Friday (Feb 15)

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for February 14, 2019

Deformation signals are consistent with refilling of Kīlauea Volcano’s deep East Rift Zone. Sulfur dioxide emission rates in the lower ERZ have been below detection limits since early September 2018.

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Volcano Watch: Why do some Hawaii earthquakes occur so far offshore?

Seismologists call these events “flexural earthquakes” to reflect their cause (bending of the Pacific Plate).

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Hilo International Airport exits closed 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. February 11-15, 2019. Image courtesy HDOT

Construction at Hilo International Airport parking lot closes exits at night (Feb 11-15)

The two exit lanes leading out of the parking lot will be closed overnight at about 10 p.m. and will reopen at 4 a.m., weather permitting.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for February 7, 2019

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

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