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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: Apr 15 2017 - 8:37pm

    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.

  2. | Posted: Apr 11 2017 - 9:08am

    Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) staff, alumni and friends recently gathered to honor the long and fruitful career of Jeff Sutton, our recently retired colleague.

  3. | Posted: Apr 2 2017 - 12:05am

    Hawaii is not the only island in the United States with an ongoing eruption involving hot lava and cold water.

  4. | 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.

  5. | 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.

  6. | 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.

  7. | 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.

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

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

  9. | 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.

  10. | 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.

  11. | 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.

  12. | 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.

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

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

  14. | 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.

  15. | 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).