Volcano Watch: Imaging the underground at Kilauea’s summit

USGS photo The Vibroseis vehicle that will be operating in the Kilauea summit region throughout May 2023. The vehicle belongs to the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) experimental facility at the University of Texas at Austin, which is supported with funding from the National Science Foundation.

Where is magma stored beneath the surface of Kilauea and how is it transported to the places where eruptions occur? Scientists have hypothesized the shape and size of Kilauea’s summit magma storage system for the last century, and now have an unparalleled opportunity to develop a far more detailed picture than was possible before.