Tags » Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Kilauea lava flow creeps northward, still 0.7 miles away from subdivision

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists say an active Kilauea lava flow continues to creep northward.

A Civil Defense overflight Tuesday morning found that the flow front had advanced an additional 370 meters (400 yards) since Monday afternoon. 271 more words


Frank A. Perret Versus the Volcano

All volcanologists must be a little crazy somewhere deep down inside.

Frank Alvord Perret was perhaps the craziest, or so it seems to a layman. Why else would he stick a crowbar down almost the length of his arm into the brightly glowing fissure of an erupting volcano and then pull the bar out again…just to test a hypothesis? 1,992 more words

Geoscientist Of The Week

A churning lava lake at Kilauea's summit is seen at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

A churning lava lake at Kilauea’s summit is seen at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  U.S. Geological Survey via AP

United States

State of emergency declared on Big Island due to Kilauea lava

Lava from Kilauea continues to inch its way closer to homes in Puna.

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi signed Thursday an emergency proclamation for the advancing lava flow in the Wao Kele O Puna area after the flow extended to less than a mile from the edge of the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision. 470 more words


Big Island lava within one mile of closest subdivision

Officials with Hawaii County Civil Defense say smoke conditions could pick up as lava from Kilauea burns through vegetation.

Crews flew over the area Wednesday morning and noticed that the flow, which entered a crack earlier in the week, is now back on the surface. 349 more words


Kilauea lava nears forest reserve, no imminent threat

Kilauea continues sending lava down its slopes.

Big Island Civil Defense officials flew over the lava flow Monday morning and said there is no immediate cause for concern. 224 more words


Kilauea lava flow could potentially threaten homes

Scientists at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory are closely monitoring an active lava flow that, if it continues to advance, could threaten residential areas or infrastructure in the coming weeks to months. 417 more words