Volcano Watch: Remembering the 2011 Kamoamoa eruption

  • USGS photo by M. Patrick A geologist collects a molten lava sample from the Kamoamoa eruption on March 6, 2011.

The 35-year-long Pu‘u‘o‘o eruption on the middle East Rift Zone of Kilauea was a remarkable opportunity for scientists to improve volcano research and monitoring. Even short-lived episodes in this eruption, like the four-day-long Kamoamoa eruption, offered important insights. For the 11th anniversary of the Kamoamoa eruption, this week’s “Volcano Watch” highlights the episode and some of the data collection.