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January is Volcano Awareness Month on Hawaii

| | Dec 9 2017 - 9:53pm | Comments

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays upon us, Hawaii Island residents are likely giving little thought to the volcanic terrain beneath their feet. And that’s all right — for now.

  1. | Posted: Jan 13 2016 - 4:02pm

    Throughout January, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, in cooperation with Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the University of Hawaii at Hilo will offer public talks around the island. For the complete schedule and details, visit HVO’s website at http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov.

  2. | Posted: Jan 4 2016 - 10:21am

    What do actor Mel Gibson, football quarterback Eli Manning, and Kilauea Volcano’s ongoing East Rift Zone eruption at Puu Oo have in common? They all share the same birthday.

  3. | Posted: Dec 28 2015 - 3:34pm

    During the past weeks, West Hawaii Today has been taking a closer look at each of the volcanoes on and around Hawaii Island. This week, the final edition of the series: Mahukona.

  4. | Posted: Dec 28 2015 - 3:33pm

    During the past weeks, West Hawaii Today has been taking a closer look at each of the volcanoes on and around Hawaii Island. This week: Kohala Mountain. The final edition of this series publishes Nov. 23.

  5. | Posted: Dec 28 2015 - 3:32pm

    Over the next few weeks, West Hawaii Today will be taking a closer look at each of the volcanoes on and around Hawaii Island. This week: Mauna Kea.

  6. | Posted: Dec 28 2015 - 3:29pm

    Editor’s note: Over the next few weeks, West Hawaii Today will be taking a closer look at each of the volcanoes on and around Hawaii Island. This week is Hualalai volcano.

  7. | Posted: Dec 28 2015 - 3:27pm

    Editor’s note: Over the next few weeks, West Hawaii Today will be taking a closer look at each of the volcanoes on and around Hawaii Island. This week is Kilauea Volcano.

  8. | Posted: Dec 28 2015 - 11:03am

    Editor’s note: Over the next few weeks, West Hawaii Today will be taking a closer look at each of the volcanoes on and around Hawaii Island. This week is Mauna Loa.

  9. | Posted: Dec 28 2015 - 11:02am

    Editor’s note: Over the next few weeks, West Hawaii Today will be taking a closer look at each of the volcanoes on and around Hawaii Island. This week is Loihi Seamount.

  10. | Posted: Dec 20 2015 - 1:31am

    This time last year, Kilauea Volcano’s lava flow was threatening Pahoa. Today, the immediate danger to Puna communities no longer exists, but lava continues to erupt from the Puu Oo vent. So, while the flow is largely out of sight, it should not be totally out of mind.

  11. | Posted: Dec 13 2015 - 1:30am

    Many readers know that Hawaii Island is made of five volcanoes — Kilauea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai, Mauna Kea and Kohala. Those same readers know that such obvious features as the cones that dot Mauna Kea, the Halai Hills and Kulani Cone on Mauna Loa, and Kapoho Cone, Puu Oo and Mauna Ulu on Kilauea are places where eruptions took place. If that’s the case, then why aren’t they called volcanoes? Isn’t a volcano a place where lava reaches the surface of the Earth? Why doesn’t the island have hundreds of volcanoes instead of only five?

  12. | Posted: Dec 6 2015 - 1:30am

    Modern science could not exist without exchange of data and ideas. The exchange can be informal — at meetings and in casual conversations — or formal — in papers or books that can be studied and debated for years to come. The old axiom, publish or perish, is as true for science as it is for scientists.

  13. | Posted: Nov 29 2015 - 1:30am

    In early November, volcano scientists from Hawaii, Chile, Indonesia, Italy and Japan participated in a workshop at the Mount Fuji Research Institute in Japan. Talks and discussions during the workshop were focused on the best ways to protect tourists in active volcanic areas.

  14. | Posted: Nov 22 2015 - 1:31am

    The surface of Kilauea volcano is rarely stationary. There are a variety of processes that each move or change the shape of the volcano and, when active at the same time, create a complex pattern of ground deformation. Satellite-based Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) has become a key tool during the last two decades to illuminate this complexity.

  15. | Posted: Nov 15 2015 - 1:30am

    One of the wondrous things about visiting a young lava flow on Hawaii Island is encountering the tenacious plant life that emerges from a barren and rough volcanic environment. Volcanophile hikers know that taking a tumble on the sharp, glassy lava surface can leave a lasting impression. Yet, within a few years, a recent lava flow can host a community of plants that includes ohia lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha) — one of the most common trees in Hawaii and the first native tree to colonize young lava.