Driving Highway 11 from Volcano to Wai‘ohinu on sunny, vog-free days, it’s hard to miss that bright white soccer ball on the slope of Mauna Loa above Pahala Town.
On July 4, 2018, an observer at the Volcano House Hotel was watching the evolving collapse of Halema‘uma‘u Crater, 4 km (2.5 miles) away. Suddenly he did a double take, blinked a couple of times, but couldn’t erase the dark line descending the wall of Kilauea caldera above Halema‘uma‘u. Not knowing what it was, he dubbed it the ‘black streak.’
The recent first anniversary of the appearance of water at Kilauea’s summit is a reminder of how much has changed since the end of the 2018 eruption and summit collapse.
On July 25, 2019, ponded water was first observed within Halema‘uma‘u at the summit of Kilauea Volcano. Over the past twelve months, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has watched this amazing body of water grow from a nascent pond into a veritable lake, the first observed within Kilauea caldera in at least 200 years.
The Youth and Education in Science (YES) program at USGS in collaboration with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is launching a community outreach and educational project called Bridging Local Outreach &Seismic Signal Monitoring in Hawaii. BLOSSM aims at engaging local students and communities through seismology.