U.S. Volcanoes and Current Activity Alerts

Activity Alerts:    Subscribe to Volcano Notification Service (VNS) | Volcano Observatory Notices for Aviation (VONA)
Zoom to Region: Alaska | Hawaii | Mariana Islands | CA-NV | WA-OR | ID-WY | UT-CO-AZ-NM | U.S. Volcanoes
Volcano Status: Elevated | Normal | Unassigned

News


Eruption of Kīlauea Volcano in Hawaiʻi Sends Lava East of Puʻu ʻŌʻō

On June 27, 2014, several new fissures opened on the northeast flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, within the East Rift Zone (ERZ) of Kīlauea volcano, Hawaiʻi. Many short lava flows were erupted initially, but within days activity focused solely on the lowest elevation fissure, which subsequently built a shield and lava pond. On July 10, eruptive activity shifted to the next lowest fissure, and a lava flow began to advance continuously to the northeast. This lava flow eventually intersected a system of deep ground cracks along the ERZ on August 18. After repeatedly entering, filling, and exiting several ground cracks and spreading to the east-northeast, lava escaped the crack system on September 6 and resumed flowing northeast. Throughout September and October, the lava flows have stopped and started, and on October 25 at 3:15 AM, HST, the flow crossed Apa`a Street/Cemetery Road and advanced toward Pāhoa Village Road. The flow front is presently stalled, but breakout activity continues in areas upslope of the leading edge. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists are vigilantly monitoring the eruption and advancement of the lava flow. Please check the HVO website for the latest information.

Information about Volcanic Eruption Northeast of Bárðarbunga Volcano in Iceland

The fissure eruption, which began early on 31 August 2014, continues. The eruption is not explosive and has not created an ash plume. For the most accurate and up to date information, visit the Icelandic Meteorological Office Bárðarbunga information webpage.

  • Lava flow breakout from northeast flank of PUUOO on the East Rift Zone of KILAUEA volcano.
    Lava flow breakout from northeast flank of PUUOO on the East Rift Zone of KILAUEA volcano.
    Lava flow breakout from northeast flank of PUUOO on the East Rift Zone of KILAUEA volcano.
  • Steam rising from KILAUEA's East Rift Zone ground crack - lava flowing within crack from June 27 breakout.  PUUOO cone center horizon KILAUEA volcano, HAWAII.
    Steam rising from KILAUEA's East Rift Zone ground crack - lava flowing within crack from June 27 breakout.  PUUOO cone center horizon KILAUEA volcano, HAWAII.
    Steam rising from KILAUEA's East Rift Zone ground crack - lava flowing within crack from June 27 breakout. PUUOO cone center horizon KILAUEA volcano, HAWAII.
  • Lava from June 27 breakout flowing into deep ground crack along KILAUEA East Rift Zone, PUUOO, HAWAII
    Lava from June 27 breakout flowing into deep ground crack along KILAUEA East Rift Zone, PUUOO, HAWAII
    Lava from June 27 breakout flowing into deep ground crack along KILAUEA East Rift Zone, PUUOO, HAWAII
  • Lava flow (June 27) advancing northeast across ground surface after exiting ground crack system along KILAUEA's East Rift Zone, PUUOO, HAWAII. Smoke from burning trees, Kahoe Homesteads in foreground.
    Lava flow (June 27) advancing northeast across ground surface after exiting ground crack system along KILAUEA's East Rift Zone, PUUOO, HAWAII. Smoke from burning trees, Kahoe Homesteads in foreground.
    Lava flow (June 27) advancing northeast across ground surface after exiting ground crack system along KILAUEA's East Rift Zone, PUUOO, HAWAII. Smoke from burning trees, Kahoe Homesteads in foreground.
  • Lava from June 27 PUUOO breakout flowing through vacant, forested parcel in Kahoe Homesteads (left side of image). Smoke from trees burning as they come in contact with lava. KILAUEA, HAWAII
    Lava from June 27 PUUOO breakout flowing through vacant, forested parcel in Kahoe Homesteads (left side of image). Smoke from trees burning as they come in contact with lava. KILAUEA, HAWAII
    Lava from June 27 PUUOO breakout flowing through vacant, forested parcel in Kahoe Homesteads (left side of image). Smoke from trees burning as they come in contact with lava. KILAUEA, HAWAII
  • KILAUEA's June 27th lava flow crosses APAA road west of PAHOA Village, HAWAII. Dark smoke is from burning asphalt. Telephone pole upper right is wrapped in insulation then a barrier of cinder.
    KILAUEA's June 27th lava flow crosses APAA road west of PAHOA Village, HAWAII. Dark smoke is from burning asphalt. Telephone pole upper right is wrapped in insulation then a barrier of cinder.
    KILAUEA's June 27th lava flow crosses APAA road west of PAHOA Village, HAWAII. Dark smoke is from burning asphalt. Telephone pole upper right is wrapped in insulation then a barrier of cinder.


Prepare

National Volcano Early Warning System.
NVEWS
The National Volcano Early Warning System plans to closely monitor threatening volcanoes.


Earthquakes leading up to the January 11, 2006 eruption of Augustine volcano, AK.
Monitoring
Current monitoring data from USGS volcano observatories.


Cars covered in volcanic ash, Mount Pinatubo eruption, Philippines.
Volcanic Ash
Ash hazards information and guidance for homes, businesses, and communities.

Look

Lava flows within Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater, Kilauea volcano, HI.
Webcams
Frequently updated real-time images of several U.S. volcanoes.


Jake Lowenstern giving lessons about Yellowstone volcano.
Podcasts and Videos
Yellowstone volcano podcasts and videos.


Bishop Tuff outcrop from Long Valley, CA.
Images from Observatories
Archived photographs and images of U.S. volcanoes.

Learn

Mount Rainier as a backdrop behind the city of Tacoma, WA.
U.S. Volcano List
Information, photos and status updates for volcanoes of concern in the U.S.


Arched lava fountain from Kilauea volcano, HI.
Photoglossary
Pictures and definitions of volcanic terms.


Alaska Volcanoes Guidebook for Teachers.
Volcano Education Resources
Grades 6-12 lessons and activities for teachers.