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Mauna Loa: Quiet for many years, but not to be forgotten

Over the past few months, Mauna Loa has shown subtle signs of stirring from its 31-year-long slumber (its most recent eruption began on March 25, 1984). The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has recorded numerous small earthquakes beneath Mauna Loa’s summit and western flank, and has detected slight expansion across Mokuaweoweo, the volcano’s summit caldera — signals that Mauna Loa should not be forgotten.

Kilauea’s summit eruption in Halemaumau Crater turns 7

While Kilauea Volcano’s East Rift Zone eruption at Puu Oo has been making headlines with the June 27 lava flow and its hazards, Kilauea’s summit eruption within Halemaumau Crater has steadily continued in the absence of much press. However, the lack of media attention does not reflect on the eruption’s remarkable nature.

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Lava breakout at a standstill

A breakout on the south margin of the June 27 lava flow failed to advance downslope between Wednesday and Thursday morning, Hawaii County Civil Defense reports.

HVO welcomes its new scientist-in-charge

Today is International Women’s Day. This year, it’s also the day that Christina (Tina) Neal succeeds Jim Kauahikaua as scientist-in-charge of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. It’s a fitting coincidence that Neal, only the second woman to lead HVO in its 103-year-long history, takes the helm on the day that achievements of women are celebrated around the world.