The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, in cooperation with Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo will provide a month-long series of programs about the volcanoes on the Island of Hawaiʻi. A schedule of events on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website includes information about where and when residents and visitors to the Island can participate in programs focused on living in harmony with active Hawaiian volcanoes.
January 3, 2017, also marks the anniversary of Kīlauea Volcano's ongoing East Rift Zone eruption, which began in 1983. During the past 34 years, lava flows have buried over 142 km2 (55 mi2) of public and private land, destroying 215 structures and vast tracts of native forest. This destruction reminds us why it's important to be aware of how Hawaiian volcanoes work.