Celebrating 30 years of Volcano Watch

  • A USGS map from the first “Volcano Watch” article published on Nov. 3, 1991. The inset shows the Pu‘u‘O‘o and Kupaianaha lava flow field in the middle East Rift Zone of Kilauea, while the smaller map of the Island of Hawaii (upper right) marks the felt earthquakes for the past week and the inset location.

  • B. Carr/USGS photo An aerial view of the active lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u, at the summit of Kilauea. A gas plume can be seen rising from the west vent along the crater wall (center left). The southeast flank of Mauna Loa is visible in the background.

It’s hard to believe that the “Volcano Watch” weekly article and volcano activity update started 30 years ago. On Nov. 3, 1991, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory “Volcano Watch” had its debut in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, beginning a long and fruitful partnership.