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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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Puhimau Thermal Area – March 9th, 2014

Private Kilauea Volcano Tours

The Mysterious, Growing Puhimau Thermal Area The Puhimau Thermal Area was discovered after several bursts of seismic activity in 1938, when Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Chief Ranger, Joseph Christ, noticed that about 15 acres of trees were dying between Ko’oko’olau and Puhimau Craters, where the ground was very hot. Although the reason for the hot…

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Spattering Lava Pond – March 8th, 2014

Spattering lava pond in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Spattering lava pond is still active in Pu’u ‘O’o A spattering lava pond is active at the northeast rim of Pu’u ‘O’o Crater within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The small lava pond within Pu’u ‘O’o Crater was believed to be crusted over and inactive, however, webcams indicated that it overflowed twice; once yesterday morning and…

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  • Lava Activity Update

    LAVA IS BACK !!!!!!!!!
    We now have tours to active flowing lava once again! 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

    Please note these are not tours of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. For park tours click here:Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Tours

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