About a year ago, the lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u at Kilauea Volcano’s summit was high enough that spattering on the lake surface was commonly visible from the Jaggar Museum overlook in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Although nighttime glow from the lava lake remains impressive, direct views of spattering lava are now less common because the lake level gradually dropped since that time.
With January’s “Wolf Moon” illuminating Kilauea Caldera from above and the Halema‘uma‘u lava lake glowing below, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory looks forward to another year of investigating the island’s magnificent, active volcanoes.
On Jan. 3, 2018, Pu‘u ‘O‘o on Kilauea Volcano’s East Rift Zone reaches its 35th birthday.
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.
Sometimes the days go by and you don’t seem to accomplish much. Emails, phone calls, paperwork, futzing around just aren’t getting you anywhere.
With the hustle and bustle of the holidays upon us, Hawaii Island residents likely are giving little thought to the volcanic terrain beneath their feet.
A widely-held belief is that Thomas Jaggar, founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, was able to stop a Mauna Loa lava flow in 1935.