Volcano Watch: Scientific community lends a hand to measure Kilauea’s changing shape

A. MIKLIUS/U.S. Geological Survey photo

A USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geophysicist downloads data at a temporary GPS station provided by UNAVCO, one of the scientific agencies that provided support during Kilauea Volcano’s recent activity. This GPS station was deployed to detect subtle surface deformation at the volcano’s summit.

The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has an extensive network of instruments that helps us monitor how the ground deforms due to magma moving underground. However, we are fortunate that scientific colleagues also pitched in to support our responses to Kilauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone eruption and summit collapse.