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| | Apr 15 2017 - 8:37pm | Comments

An estimated 1,500 visitors a day hike across the lava flow fields to view the ocean entry and search for active lava breakouts. Round-trip walking distance is far; a one-way trip to the ocean entry from Kalapana is around 4 miles. Add the chase for active lava, milling about, and your hike will quickly add up to more than 10 miles when you return.

  1. | Posted: Oct 24 2016 - 9:57am

    The lava lake within Halemaumau Crater at the summit of Kilauea Volcano is creating a scene remindful of a messy barbershop floor, except that it’s acres and acres wide rather than a few square feet. The ground downwind of the crater is strewn with Pele’s hair, and it is almost impossible to avoid stepping on it.

  2. | Posted: Oct 18 2016 - 10:53am

    The Kilauea volcano lava lake has burped fresh lava onto the floor of the Halemaumau crater for the first time since spring, 2015.

  3. | Posted: Oct 16 2016 - 12:05am

    Ten years ago, shortly after 7 a.m., on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006, two damaging earthquakes struck off the northwest coast of the Big Island — a magnitude-6.7 earthquake beneath Kiholo Bay and a magnitude-6.0 earthquake offshore of Mahukona.

  4. | Posted: Oct 12 2016 - 9:52am

    Kilauea Volcano’s summit lava lake rose to within 54 feet of the crater rim Tuesday under the watchful eyes of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

  5. | Posted: Oct 9 2016 - 12:05am

    Characterizing earthquakes is one of the most important activities we do at the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Seismicity helps us monitor the “pulse” of volcanoes and can be a first indication of an impending eruption.

  6. | Posted: Sep 29 2016 - 8:48pm

    KAILUA-KONA — Kilauea Volcano continues to erupt at its summit and at the Puu Oo vent on its East Rift Zone, U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists reported Thursday.

  7. | Posted: Sep 19 2016 - 2:51pm

    Recent visitors to the Kamokuna ocean entry have been greeted with the spectacular sight of Kilauea’s lava pouring into the sea to form some of the newest land on Earth. The vigorous interaction between molten lava (2,000 degrees Fahrenheit) and relatively cool seawater (around 80 degrees Fahrenheit) seldom fails to capture the imagination and engage the two particular senses of hearing and sight.

  8. | Posted: Aug 28 2016 - 12:05am

    In 1870, while exploring the American West, Nathaniel P. Langford encountered an “immense volume of clear, sparkling water projected into the air to a height of one hundred and twenty-five feet.” He named this volcanic feature “Old Faithful.” This magnificent geyser became the signature attraction of Yellowstone National Park and remains a popular visitor stop today.

  9. | Posted: Aug 24 2016 - 7:56pm

    HILO — Kilauea’s summit was rocked by earthquakes Wednesday afternoon as its churning lava lake put on a show for visitors in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

  10. | Posted: Aug 17 2016 - 5:05pm

    HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK — The journey starts deep within the Earth and ends in one spectacular collision.

  11. | Posted: Aug 15 2016 - 3:55pm

    HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK — The Kalapana lava flow has drawn thousands of people, some of whom risk life and limb by playing with the molten heart of the Earth.

  12. | Posted: Aug 13 2016 - 9:40pm

    At 10:02 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, a section of altered, thermally-stressed rock enclosing the Halemaumau Crater lava lake detached from the vent wall and plummeted into the molten lava. Tons of rocky debris impacting the lake surface triggered a violent explosion of volcanic gas, incandescent spatter (blobs of molten lava), and pieces of solid rock that sent a jet of glowing debris skyward.

  13. | Posted: Aug 7 2016 - 12:05am

    In 1902, visionary geologist Thomas Jaggar — founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory — traveled to the Caribbean Island of Martinique, where he witnessed first-hand the aftermath of the deadly Mount Pelee eruption. More than 30,000 people had been killed by the eruption, and the devastation he observed contributed to Jaggar’s lifelong work to “protect life and property on the basis of sound scientific achievement.”

  14. | Posted: Jul 28 2016 - 8:57am

    KALAPANA — “How far is it?”

  15. | Posted: Jul 28 2016 - 8:54am

    The lava flow from Kilauea’s Puu Oo vent makes its way to the ocean after crossing the emergency access road. The lava flow, known as 61G, reached the ocean early Tuesday.