HVO geologists work to create new model of Kilauea; 2018 eruption began five years ago today

  • Lava emerges from fissures in Leilani Estates on May 4, 2018.

  • HVO Geologist Matt Patrick, pictured in 2018 at HVO's lookout area by Kilauea Caldera. HVO's facility in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was critically damaged later that year during the volcano's summit collapse and is closed.

  • The Vibroseis vehicle that will be operating in the Kilauea summit region throughout May.

Five years after the 2018 Kilauea eruption, a new research project on the volcano will develop the most accurate model yet of its inner workings.