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Location of an earthquake at 6:36 a.m., Monday, November 11, 2019.

Magnitude-4.9 earthquake southwest of Laupāhoehoe, Hawaiʻi on Monday (Nov 11)

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory recorded a magnitude-4.9 earthquake on Monday, November 11, just before 6:36 a.m. HST.

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The USGS and OAS team prepares the sampling mechanism and inspects the unmanned aerial system a few minutes before mission start and takeoff. Precautions were taken to ensure the aircraft and sampling mechanism were sterile and would return safely from the pond. Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for October 31, 2019

Mauna Loa is not erupting. Its USGS Volcano Alert level remains at ADVISORY. This alert level does not mean that an eruption is imminent or that progression to an eruption is certain.

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Two HVO geologists document road cutting activities on HWY 132 on August 7, 2019. One geologist is taking visual photographs while another geologist is taking thermal photographs to make a tandem pair for comparison. The temperature of the solidified lava was measured to 425° C (800° F) at the digging site. Photograph by USGS geologist K. Mulliken.

Volcano Watch: Why is the 2018 lava still so hot?

As roads are recut into Kīlauea’s 2018 lava flow field, many have been surprised at how hot the lava remains under the surface, even though it is solidified.

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Sulphur Cone (left), viewed toward southwest, from 3,480 m (11,420 ft) above sea level on Mauna Loa’s southwest rift zone. At right, an HVO geoscientist and technician rebuild volcanic gas monitoring equipment installed near an outgassing fissure.

Volcano Watch: High Altitude Station Maintenance on Mauna Loa

The Sulphur Cone area stands out in bright contrast. It’s a steaming section of the 1950 eruptive fissure at 11,420 ft elevation.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for October 24, 2019

The water pond at the bottom of Halema‘uma‘u continues to slowly expand and deepen.

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Little Fire Ants Awareness Forum in West Hawaii Thursday (Oct 24)

This community forum will focus on one of the world’s top 100 most invasive species, the Little Fire Ant (LFA).

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ship Rainier is backdropped by Mount Baker, an active Cascade Range stratovolcano, in Washington. In September 2019, the Rainier conducted a bathymetric survey along Hawaiʻi Island's Puna coast, where lava entered the ocean during Kīlauea Volcano's 2018 eruption. Photo courtesy of NOAA.

Volcano Watch: What was that ship doing by the 2018 lava deltas?

In late September 2019, residents with ocean views may have noticed an unusual ship just offshore of the 2018 lava deltas along the Puna coast.

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This image is from a temporary monitoring camera on the west rim of Kilauea Caldera. The camera is looking E towards the bottom of the newly enlarged Halemaʻumaʻu crater. The crater from left to right (roughly NNE to SSW) is approximately 1 km (0.6 mi) across. The depth of the crater in the visible image from the rim is several hundred meters.

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for October 17, 2019

Hazards remain at the Lower East Rift Zone and summit of Kīlauea. Closures and warnings in these areas should be heeded.

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Groundbreaking video captures whale bubble-net feeding in UH research

Researchers captured amazing whale’s-point-of-view and aerial drone video of humpback whale bubble-net feeding.

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arker School’s debate team walked away with the first-place sweepstakes trophy at the University of Utah Beehive Classic Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 5 and 6, 2019.

Parker School wins mainland debate tournament

Parker School’s debate team walked away with the first-place sweepstakes trophy at the University of Utah Beehive Classic Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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About 1300 earthquakes with magnitudes greater than 1 and at depths over 20 km (12 mi) on and around the Island of Hawaiʻi since August 2019 are depicted on this map. Most of the earthquakes were clustered beneath the southern edge of the island near the town of Pāhala. Blue and purple dots indicate earthquakes at 20-40 km (12-25 mi) and more than 40 km (25 mi) depths, respectively. USGS map by B. Shiro.

Volcano Watch: Why do so many deep earthquakes happen around Pāhala?

About 1300 earthquakes with magnitudes greater than 1 and at depths over 20 km (12 mi) on and around the Island of Hawaiʻi since August 2019.

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Halemaumau water lake. USGS/HVO Photo

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for October 10, 2019

Kῑlauea Volcano is not erupting and its USGS Volcano Alert level remains at normal.

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Little Fire Ants before an after treatments at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park steam vents. NPS photo

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park makes big strides against little fire ants

Little fire ants (LFA) have met their match as Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park gets closer to meeting its goal of eradicating the invasive, noxious pests

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Food samples. Photo courtesy of Taste of Hilo

Tickets on sale for 21st annual Taste of Hilo Sunday (Oct 20)

The 21st Annual Taste of Hilo is scheduled for Sunday, October 20, 2019, from 1-3 p.m., at Sangha Hall in Hilo.

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