In March 2008, a new volcanic vent opened within Halema‘uma‘u, a crater at the summit of Kilauea in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The eruption continues today, with continuous degassing, occasional explosive events and an active, circulating lava lake.
In today’s age of aerial photography, satellites and drones, bird’s-eye views of geologic features are taken for granted. A century ago, such depictions posed enormous challenges.
Thirty-seven years after the May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington, scientists, engineers, land managers and federal, state and county officials are still grappling with a challenge created by the eruption — how to prevent potentially massive
Pahoehoe lava flows are a common feature on Hawaiian volcanoes, and they have been a serious hazard to residential areas during the Pu‘u ‘O‘o eruption during the past few decades.
On Sept. 17, 2015, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory upgraded the Volcano Alert Level for Mauna Loa, Hawaii Island’s largest volcano, from normal to advisory and the Aviation Color Code from green to yellow. Two years later, the volcano remains
Sometimes, you just have to sit down and do it.
Thermal cameras have been used by volcanologists around the world for many years to study volcanic processes and search for signs of impending eruptions.
Kilauea has now passed the one-year anniversary of the episode 61g lava flow reaching the Pacific Ocean. But what was this busy volcano up to a decade ago? Were things as dynamic as they are now?