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September 19, 2018 USGS photo looking southward of the south caldera of Kīlauea Volcano showing the main collapse area. The south Sulphur Bank is in the left side of the photo. Uēkahuna Bluff, from where this photo was taken, cuts across the bottom and lower right corner of the photo. After the collapse of 1868, the caldera floor may have looked something like this.

Volcano Watch: A summit collapse 150 years ago had similarities to the 2018 collapse

Kīlauea summit collapses accompanied by lava lake draining are a routine part of the long-term refilling of the current caldera produced centuries ago.

Panorama of the Kīlauea Caldera Wide Angle from HVO Observation Tower. November 7, 2018. Images courtesy of USGS/HVO

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for November 8, 2018

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

Kīlauea Volcano's summit, as viewed from the southwest, shows the collapsed area of Halema‘uma‘u and the adjacent caldera floor. A section of Crater Rim Drive preserved on a down-dropped block is visible at the far right. Volcanic gases rising from magma stored beneath the summit continue to escape to the surface, as they have for as long as Kīlauea has existed, resulting in deposits of sulfur on the crater walls.

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for November 1, 2018

A slight inflationary trend near and east of Puʻu ʻŌʻō suggests that magma may be refilling the middle East Rift Zone. Low seismicity and reduced gas emissions do not indicate that the magma is shallow, but HVO continues to closely monitor this area and will report any significant changes.

Bright red polygon features were drawn by USGS Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysts around new or active lower East Rift Zone lava flows, which appear lighter in color due to their high temperature on this thermal map. Collected during a helicopter overflight on May 9, 2018, this map shows fissures 6 (left) and 15 (right) with Pohoiki Road passing between the two vents. USGS map.

Volcano Watch: How are lava-flow maps made during an eruption?

Computer programs known as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have been the preferred tool of USGS cartographers for many years. Using commercial GIS software, the user creates a stack of “layers,” such as labels, roads, and political boundaries that together form a map.

Parker School Robotics Club recently competed at the World Robot Summit 2018 in Tokyo Japan (left to right: Brent Takenuchi, Logan Kidani and Del Jordan). Photo courtesy of Parker School

Parker School Robotics Club competes in Japan at World Robot Summit 2018

Parker School’s Robotics Club recently competed on the world stage at the World Robot Summit 2018 held in Tokyo, Japan on October 17-21.

In this panoramic view, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park’s Crater Rim Drive (left foreground) disappears into the enormous void created by the collapse of Halema‘uma‘u and portions of the Kīlauea caldera floor during the dramatic events at the summit of the volcano in May-August 2018. USGS photo by D. Dzurisin.

Volcano Watch: Kīlauea 2018 events mark a watershed for volcano science

The 2018 summit collapse and lower East Rift Zone eruption at Kīlauea Volcano were dramatic and, for many Island of Hawaiʻi residents, tragic events. As with all eruptive crises, these events offered exceptional opportunities to learn more about how volcanoes work and to answer some “bigger picture” questions.

Fewer reported incidents of bullying and cyberbullying reported in public schools

November 1, 2018

Fewer Hawaii public middle school students say they have been bullied at school over the last two years, according to new youth survey results. And fewer students reported being cyberbullied or cyberbullying someone else. “This is a positive trend that we want to see continue as our schools uphold the commitment to provide safe and […]

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Police investigate suspicious death of six-year-old boy

November 1, 2018

Big Island Police are investigating the suspicious death of a six-year-old boy after the child died Wednesday evening. On, (October 31), at approximately 4:30 p.m., Kona patrol officers responded to a call at the Kailua Fire Station involving a 6-year-old male who had been taken there by family members while unconscious. The child was reportedly […]

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Police are searching for a Pahoa man wanted on an outstanding warrant

November 1, 2018

Hawaiʻi Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in providing the whereabouts of a 63-year-old Pāhoa man wanted for an outstanding arrest warrant and an APB for theft. George D. Gellepes is described as 5-feet-11-inches, 155 pounds, fair complexion, with brown eyes and brown hair. Police ask anyone with information on this individual to […]

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Civil Defense siren test today at 11:45 a.m.

November 1, 2018

The Civil Defense monthly test of the statewide outdoor siren warning system, coordinated with the test of the live audio broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System, is scheduled for Thursday, November 1, 2018, at 11:45 a.m.

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County of Hawaii honors exemplary employees at awards ceremony

October 31, 2018

The County of Hawai’i held its 53rd Annual Employee Recognition awards ceremony for 2017-2018 on Tuesday night, with 30 exemplary employees nominated for the categories of Manager, Supervisor, and Employee of the Year.

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Community discussion on electric utility ownership and regulatory models November 13-14 on Hawaii Island

October 31, 2018

Under the direction of the Hawaii State Legislature, the Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO) within the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism is undertaking a study on the future of electric utility ownership and regulatory models in Hawaii. HSEO has contracted with Boston-based London Economics International to carry out the study, which is expected […]

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Hookena Beach Park to close November 7-8 for water line repairs

October 31, 2018

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation is informing the public that Ho‘okena Beach Park, located in Captain Cook, Hawai‘i, will be closed on November 7 and 8, 2018, due to water line repairs. The presence of large machinery and open trenches as Department staff work to reroute the park’s water lines will make […]

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A 154th Wing Hawaii Air National Guard F-22 Raptor flies behind a 434th Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker from Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana, near Hawaii during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, July 17, 2018. DOD Photo

Hawaii Air National Guard F-22 Raptor jets operating out of Hilo, public viewing available November 1-2, 2018

October 31, 2018

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) informs Hawaii Island residents of an increase in air activity over the Hilo area from Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, through Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, as the Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG) will be operating and repositioning four F-22 Raptors at the Hilo International Airport. HIANG will be continuing their […]

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Halloween by the numbers

October 31, 2018

Dating back 2,000 years to the Celtic festival of Samhain, Halloween is an ancient tradition associated with images of witches, ghosts, and vampires. Today, Halloween has evolved into a celebration characterized by child-friendly activities like trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, and dressing in costumes.

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Police urge public to have a safe Halloween night

October 30, 2018

The Hawai’i Police Department would like Halloween night to be a safe one for everyone enjoying the candy, costumes, and festivities. Tragically according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration drunk driving fatalities are on the rise. From 2012 to 2016 there were 168 drunk driving fatalities on Halloween night. 44 % of all people […]

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Police urge pedestrians and motorists to be safe in downtown Hilo

October 30, 2018

As the Holiday season approaches, Hawaiʻi Island Police are reminding pedestrians and motorists alike to stay alert and practice pedestrian safety. “With an increase in pedestrian traffic in the areas of Downtown Hilo by both residents and visitors, police have witnessed near collisions with motorists,” said Captain Greg Esteban, Commander of the South Hilo Patrol […]

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Hele-On Bus. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Mayor, County of Hawaii

County closing Mass Transit satellite sales office at the County building

October 30, 2018

The County of Hawai’i Mass Transit Agency is closing its satellite office at the County building at 25 Aupuni Street on Friday, November 2, and is moving its sales office for bus passes and taxi coupons to the Agency’s main office near the Hilo Transfer Station.

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Police DUI stats for the week of October 22-28, 2018

October 30, 2018

During the week of October 22, through October 28, 2018, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested twenty-two (22), motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Two of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. So far this year, there have been 913 DUI arrests compared with 950 during the same period last year, a […]

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Hydrant flow test in North Kona Thursday (Nov 1)

October 30, 2018

The Department of Water Supply will be conducting a fire hydrant flow test along Kupipi Street between the hours of 4:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018. The affected area may experience slightly discolored and turbid water for several hours after the test. Customers are advised to refrain from washing clothes and […]

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