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Segment of Kahuku pali reveals clues about Mauna Loa

One of the more spectacular geologic features on Hawaii Island can easily be seen from Highway 11 near South Point. It is a cliff informally known as the Kahuku pali, after Kahuku Ranch. The cliff has two Hawaiian names: Pali o Mamalu, for its mauka section, and Paliokulani, for its makai section.

The current state of activity in Kilauea volcano’s lower east rift zone

On Internet forums and at recent public meetings, U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists have been asked about conditions in Kilauea volcano’s East Rift Zone downrift of Puu Oo, especially near Leilani Estates and Kapoho. Many of these inquiries follow anecdotal reports of rising temperatures in spring-fed ponds and increased steaming in some areas of Puna. HVO has not confirmed these reports, but based on our seismic, geodetic and gas monitoring networks, there has been no change in magma supply to the lower part of the rift zone, downrift of Puu Oo.

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Flight operations at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park announced

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park recently announced the following upcoming flight plans for October and November. Park management requires the use of aircraft to monitor and research volcanic activity, conduct search-and-rescue missions and law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources, and to maintain backcountry facilities.

Emergency preparedness in Hawaii encompasses multiple hazards

First, it was Tropical Storm Iselle. Now, it’s lava wending its way down the slope of Kilauea toward housing subdivisions and essential infrastructure. Residents of Hawaii Island, especially those who live in the Puna District, have spent considerable time and money preparing for impending emergencies in recent months.