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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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AstroDay and Robotics Festival in Kona Sunday (Nov 3)

MEDIA RELEASE AstroDay returns to West Hawaiʻi in November, hosted by Kealakehe High School in conjunction with their 9th Annual Hawaii Island Robotics Expo and Showcase (HI-RES) on Sunday, November 3 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Observatories from Maunakea and Haleakala will be represented, as well as other technology, education, and cultural organizations. Highlights […]

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A UH student uses one of the CyberCANOEs at the Laboratory for Advanced Visualization and Applications.

UH data science institute awarded $1M National Science Foundation grant

MEDIA RELEASE A UH student uses one of the CyberCANOEs at the Laboratory for Advanced Visualization and Applications. The Hawaiʻi Data Science Institute at the University of Hawaiʻi was awarded $1 million by the National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation Program that will allow the university to acquire and deploy a new community computer cluster in support of computational […]

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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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Search Advisory Committee formed for the Institute for Astronomy director search

MEDIA RELEASE The search for the next director of the University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy is officially underway. UH Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno has selected a Search Advisory Committee, listed below, who will oversee the process. The committee will recommend finalists to Bruno, who will then recommend a selectee to UH President David Lassner. […]

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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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NELHA Host Park generates over $100M annually

MEDIA RELEASE KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII – An analysis of the economic impact of NELHA’s (National Energy Laboratory Hawaii Authority) Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park (HOST Park) at Keahole Point found that total economic impact of the park was $104 million in 2018. The Economic Research Organization at the University of Hawaii (UHERO) completed the report […]

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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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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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UH board moves meeting on Maunakea administrative rules to Hawaiʻi Island

MEDIA RELEASE The location of the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents decision-making meeting on the proposed administrative rules for UH managed lands on Maunakea, scheduled for November 6, has been moved to the UH Hilo campus. The special meeting was initially scheduled to be held at UH West Oʻahu and is being relocated to Hawaiʻi […]

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