Volcano Watch: Should old eruptions be forgot? Increase your volcano awareness this January

  • B. Carr/USGS photo Much like New Year's fireworks, incandescent lava fountains in Halema‘uma‘u can be a beautiful display. This photo, taken on Oct. 12, shows lava from the western vent in Halema‘uma‘u reaching heights of 10–15 meters (30–50 ft) and supplying lava into the lake through a short spillway.

We traditionally spend the New Year singing “Auld Lang Syne,” a song that reminisces about times long past. For the first month of the New Year, staff at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, and hopefully you too, will reflect on past and ongoing eruptions during the annual Volcano Awareness Month.