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Evolving tube network blocked and diverted lava from the Kamokuna delta

| | Dec 24 2017 - 7:26pm | Comments

Lava erupting from the active vent on the east flank of Pu‘u ‘O‘o has not entered the ocean or reached the Kamokuna lava delta during the past month. Instead, small lava flows are scattered across the 61g flow field, breaking out from the lava-tube network between Pu‘u ‘O‘o and the coastal plain. Geologists of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory last observed active lava atop the delta on November 17.

  1. | Posted: Mar 28 2017 - 9:59am

    Around Pahala are several ash layers composed of fine-grained volcanic deposits, generally called “soil.” The ashes are a mixture of altered glass, rare vitric (glassy) shards, Pele’s hair, pumice, and olivine crystals. They are derived from pristine ash-fall deposits, weathered and reworked ash, and sediments. Ancient soil horizons are present in some localities.

  2. | Posted: Mar 18 2017 - 5:46pm

    Kilauea Volcano’s summit eruption in Halemaumau Crater began in March 2008. Since that time, countless changes have occurred. The crater enclosing the lava lake (called the Overlook crater) has enlarged through rockfalls, and explosions have thrown spatter around the crater and onto the rim of Halemaumau itself. The lava-lake level has fluctuated, leading to several overflows of lava onto the Halemaumau Crater floor.

  3. | Posted: Mar 18 2017 - 11:43am

    A fire hose of lava continues to pour into the sea at the Kamokuna ocean entry, the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports.

  4. | Posted: Mar 11 2017 - 7:17pm

    Since its initiation on July 26, 2016, the Kamokuna ocean entry has drawn thousands of visitors eager to witness the creation of new land. The interaction of hot lava and cold seawater produces beautiful and powerful displays that can only be observed on Hawaii Island.

  5. | Posted: Mar 9 2017 - 9:12pm

    HILO — National Park Service officials are again pleading with visitors to heed safety warnings.

  6. | Posted: Mar 4 2017 - 8:04pm

    This is the story of how a new concept — slowly pulsing magma supply to Kilauea — emerged from observations of the Overlook lava lake in Halemaumau.

  7. | Posted: Feb 26 2017 - 12:05am

    If something is hot enough, it emits light in wavelengths that are visible to the human eye. This is called incandescence. If you’ve ever seen the red-, orange-, or yellow-ish glow from Kilauea Volcano’s lava lake or an active lava flow, then you have observed incandescence.

  8. | Posted: Feb 18 2017 - 9:34pm

    Unknown to thousands of visitors in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a simulated Mars landing mission unfolded on Kilauea Volcano for two weeks in September.

  9. | Posted: Feb 10 2017 - 11:06am

    If you’re on Oahu and notice an unusual airplane landing and taking off from the Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base, you might be seeing NASA’s ER-2 aircraft.

  10. | Posted: Feb 3 2017 - 12:00pm

    The “firehose” flow is no longer visible at the Kamokuna ocean entry, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists reported Thursday.

  11. | Posted: Feb 3 2017 - 10:23am

    HILO — The seaside cliff near the Kamokuna lava ocean entry was preparing to split as a ground crack widened to more than 2 feet, geologists said Thursday.

  12. | Posted: Feb 3 2017 - 10:08am

    During Hawaii Island’s 8th annual Volcano Awareness Month (January 2017), we offered a series of Volcano Watch articles about four of the five U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) volcano observatories: Cascades (CVO), Alaska (AVO), California (CalVO), and Yellowstone (YVO). Today, we complete the series with a brief history of America’s first volcano observatory — the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO).

  13. | Posted: Jan 27 2017 - 11:24am

    Hawaii Island’s 2017 Volcano Awareness Month is almost over, and our Volcano Watch series about U.S. Geological Survey volcano observatories and their connections to Hawaii is also coming to an end. This week, we visit the observatory that monitors a volcano that produced some of the largest eruptions known on Earth — Yellowstone!

  14. | Posted: Jan 20 2017 - 7:47pm

    This month, our Volcano Watch articles are exploring U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) volcano observatories and their connections to Hawaii. This week: California, here we come!

  15. | Posted: Jan 13 2017 - 4:41pm

    As part of Volcano Awareness Month, our January Volcano Watch articles are exploring the U.S. Geological Survey’s volcano observatories and their connections to Hawaii. We continue this week with a visit to Alaska.