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Kilauea Summit Eruption – March 19th

Spattering from Kilauea's lava lake lavaland hawaii private volcano tours

The Kilauea Summit eruption began 6 years ago today: Today marks the 6th anniversary of the ongoing Kilauea Summit eruption within Halema’uma’u Crater. In the early hours of March 19th, 2008, an explosive eruption opened a crater over 100 feet wide on the floor of Halema’uma’u. The explosion threw rock fragments more than 300 feet…

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DI Event at Kilauea – March 18th 2014

Kilauea Volcano DI Event Monitoring

New DI Event at Kilauea Summit: The start of a new DI event was recorded at Kilauea summit just after midnight last night. After a period of relatively minor fluctuations, the summit began a cycle of deflation, which reached more than 1 microradian by this morning. The summit lava lake dropped about 30 feet (10…

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The Lava Pond Overflows Again – March 17th, 2014

Pu'u 'O'o Lava Pond Overflows

Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s lava pond overflows once again The lava pond within Pu’u ‘O’o Crater once again rose, and overflowed onto the crater floor today. HVO reports that the lava pond, located at the northeast rim of Pu’u ‘O’o Crater, reached a high level and then overflowed about 5:00 am this morning. The small lava pond…

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Kupaianaha Remembered – March 16th, 2014

Kupaianaha lava covers Kalapana

Kupaianaha flows shift toward Kalapana, March 1990 It was this month in 1990 when lava from the Kupaianaha shield shifted, and ushered in Kilauea’s most destructive phase in historic times. The eruption shifted northeast from Pu’u ‘O’o vent, where it began 7 years earlier, to form the Kupaianaha lava shield. From 1986 – 1989 lava…

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Lava Pond Overflows – March 15th, 2014

Pu'u 'O'o lava lake gas pistoning

Lava Pond Overflows in Pu‘u ‘O‘o Crater Yesterday, at about 5:00 pm, the active lava pond within Pu’u ‘O’o Crater overflowed onto the crater floor. HVO reported that the eruption within Pu’u ‘O’o continued over the past day without much change, except for this event. At the summit, tiltmeters again recorded minor fluctuations. Instruments at…

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Kilauea in Focus – March 14th, 2014

Kilauea Eruption Monitoring

Kilauea in Focus Kilauea’s ongoing eruption continues with little change over the past 24 hours. The summit fluctuated little and the lava lake within Halema’uma’u Crater remained about 135 feet (41 m) below the crater floor. On Kilauea’s east rift zone, instruments at Pu’u ‘O’o cone continue to record weak deflation for the fourth day…

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3.5 Earthquake off of Kawaihae – March 13th, 2014

Hawaii Earthquake off Kawaihae

This afternoon, a small, magnitude 3.5 earthquake occurred just off the coast of Kawaihae. The shallow earthquake was felt by nearby residents in north Kohala. A magnitude 3.1 quake occurred nearby on March 9th. At Kilauea summit, instruments recorded only minor fluctuations over the past 24 hours. The summit lava lake within Halema’uma’u Crater remained…

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South Spatter Cone Erupts – March 12th, 2014

Gold dust day gecko

The south spatter cone within Pu’u ‘O’o Crater erupted yesterday, sending a lava flow to the south. HVO reports that the spatter cone began erupting a slow, oozing lava flow about 9:30 am yesterday morning, which continued until about midnight last night. The lava apparently flowed away in a southerly direction, because it was not…

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A New Lava Flow on Pu’u ‘O’o – March 11th, 2014

Puu Oo vent current eruption

This morning, HVO reported that a new lava flow broke out from the Kahauale’a 2 lava tube, high on the flank of Pu’u ‘O’o cone. The small breakout, which was spotted on the PNcam by HVO scientists overnight, was heading slowly to the south. It will be interesting to see whether this flow will grow…

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Earthquake Clusters at Ko’oko’olau Crater – March 10th, 2014

Native Plant Tours of Kilauea Volcano

  Earthquake Clusters at Ko‘oko‘olau Crater For the second day in a row, a cluster of earthquakes, including a magnitude 3.5 quake, was centered beneath Ko’oko’olau Crater. There has been no thermal activity within this crater for a long time, as evidenced by the centuries old native forest growing on its floor.   This crater…

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  • Lava Activity Update

    Our tours will get to active lava or your money back - guaranteed!!! (We know of no other company that offers this guarantee.)

    Right now all active lava is within areas closed due to significant risks but there's a huge flow near the vent that's very close to the edge of the pali and may come down into safe and legal areas any day. Conditions can change quite suddenly and we're hopeful we'll be able to resume lava tours soon.

    We're still accepting reservations for tours to active lava and if there is no accessible lava on the coastal plain on the day of your tour we'll reschedule or refund you - whichever you prefer.

    Don't miss this opportunity to see the wonders of red hot lava. To find out more click here: Lava Hikes or Lava Bike and Hike Tours

    For more info check out LAVA FAQ