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Damage survey on Crater Rim Drive. NPS Photo by Jessica Ferracane.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park recaps repair work ahead the anniversary of Kīlauea caldera’s summit collapse

As the anniversary of the 2018 Kīlauea eruption nears, staff at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continue efforts to repair and reopen trails, roads and more.

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.

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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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Location of the 5.3 magnitude earthquake at 5:09 p.m. HST, Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory records 5.3M quake and aftershocks in Kona Saturday (April 13)

April 13, 2019

Three aftershocks were recorded within an hour of the earthquake, including a magnitude-3.0 event approximately 11 minutes following the mainshock. Additional aftershocks are expected.

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Moderate 5.3 magnitude earthquake rocks Hawaii Island Saturday (April 13)

April 13, 2019

This is a Civil Defense Earthquake update message for 6 p.m., Saturday April 13, 2019. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports no Tsunami from the earthquake. Reports throughout the island report damage along some roadways. Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory reports no activity or change in status of the volcanoes on Hawaii Island.

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Traffic signal repair at theHualālai/ Kinoole intersection in Hilo on Sunday (April 14)

April 13, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE Traffic signal repair at theHualālai/ Kinoole intersection in Hilo on Sunday (April 14) On Sunday, April 14, 2019, the Department of Public Works Highway Maintenance Division will repair the traffic signal wiring at the intersection ofHualālaiand Kinoole Streets in Hilo. The work will be conducted from 8 a.m. and be completed by 6:30 […]

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Police warrants list for Friday, April 12, 2019

April 12, 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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Police are searching for a Keaau boy reported missing

April 12, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE Hawaiʻi Island Police are searching for a 15-year-old Keaʻau boy who was reported missing. Layne Tomlinson Layne Tomlinson was last seen in Hilo on, Thursday, (January 24).  He is described as being 5-feet-3-inches, weighing 110 pounds, with hazel eyes, wavy black hair and a fair complexion. Police ask anyone with information on his […]

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Police invite the public to celebrate national D.A.R.E. Day on Thursday (April 18)

April 12, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE The Hawaiʻi Police Department invites you to celebrate National D.A.R.E. Day in our community. Thirty-six-years-ago, the most comprehensive K-12 prevention education program in the world was launched having now reached tens of millions of students throughout America and in 50+ other countries. On, (April 18), help celebrate D.A.R.E.’s birthday by creating a birthday […]

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Multiple weather advisories for Hawaii Island

April 11, 2019

A broad upper level low nearing Hawaii Island from the east will remain in the area through Friday. Cold air aloft and instability associated with this upper feature combined with plenty of moisture will lead to periods of heavy showers and thunderstorms. Showers will become heavy at times, potentially leading to flash flooding. Although most […]

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Numerous weather advisories as a low pressure system approaches the Hawaiian islands

April 10, 2019

An upper level low approaching the islands from the northeast will bring an unstable airmass to Maui and Hawaii Island. High pressure to the northeast will maintain a trade wind surface flow, focusing the heaviest of rain along windward areas. However the strong trade winds and the unstable airmass will allow for showers and thunderstorms […]

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Exchange Club presents Mayor’s Breakfast Fellowship on Thursday, May 2 – Community Invited

April 10, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE The Exchange Club of Hilo invites the community to celebrate the National Day of Prayer by attending the 26thAnnual Mayor’s Breakfast Fellowship on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 6:30 a.m. at the ‘Imiloa Sky Garden Restaurant. This event dates back to 1993, when then-Mayor Stephen Yamashiro together with the Reverend Richard Uejo worked […]

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Police charge Hilo man for escaping from Hale Nani Correctional Center

April 10, 2019

Larry Kamalii MEDIA RELEASE Detectives have charged a 36-year-old Hilo man for escaping from a correctional facility last month. Acting on a tip, Larry Kamalii was apprehended at 10:30 a.m. yesterday, (April 9), in Mountain View by a police task force without incident. He was returned to the custody of the Department of Public Safety […]

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Police charge Hilo woman with robbery and drug offense

April 10, 2019

Valissa Dahl MEDIA RELEASE A 22-year-old Hilo woman is charged with robbery and a drug offense after shoplifting at a local big box store in Hilo. Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested and charged Valissa Dahl with robbery and drug possession after she was stopped by a loss prevention officer in possession of clothing from a […]

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HI-PAL boxing invitational Saturday (April 13)

April 9, 2019

HI-PAL-Boxing Invitational MEDIA RELEASE Hawaiʻi Police Activity League, (HI-PAL), in cooperation with Yeshua Boxing Club will be holding a boxing invitational event for children ages 8-17 on Saturday, (April 13), at the Sure Foundation Church grounds located at 16-1593 Pohaku Circle in Keaʻau. Weigh-ins start at 9 a.m. with boxing matches beginning at 6 p.m. […]

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