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January is Volcano Awareness Month on the Island of Hawaiʻi

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.



  • Geologist collecting sample of molten lava from 2011 Kamoamoa eruption, KILAUEA Volcano, Hawaii
    Geologist collecting sample of molten lava from 2011 Kamoamoa eruption, KILAUEA Volcano, Hawaii
    Geologist collecting sample of molten lava from 2011 Kamoamoa eruption, Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaii
  • Tephra-jet explosion hurls spatter onto active lava delta on the southeast coast of KILAUEA Volcano, HAWAII
    Tephra-jet explosion hurls spatter onto active lava delta on the southeast coast of KILAUEA Volcano, HAWAII
    Tephra-jet explosion hurls spatter onto active lava delta on the southeast coast of Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaiʻi
  • Vog obscures Mauna Loa view during slack or no tradewinds at the summit of KILAUEA Volcano, HAWAII
    Vog obscures Mauna Loa view during slack or no tradewinds at the summit of KILAUEA Volcano, HAWAII
    Vog obscures Mauna Loa view during slack or no tradewinds at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaiʻi
  • Displacement of Kapoho fault scarp, KILAUEA Volcano, HAWAII, caused by magma moving underground nearby only hours before an eruption on January 13, 1960
    Displacement of Kapoho fault scarp, KILAUEA Volcano, HAWAII, caused by magma moving underground nearby only hours before an eruption on January 13, 1960
    Displacement of Kapoho fault scarp, Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaiʻi, caused by magma moving underground nearby only hours before an eruption on January 13, 1960
  • Channelized pAHOEHOE flows from KUPAIANAHA vent, KILAUEA Volcano, HAWAII
    Channelized pAHOEHOE flows from KUPAIANAHA vent, KILAUEA Volcano, HAWAII
    Channelized pāhoehoe flows from Kupaianaha vent, Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaiʻi
  • House in Kalapana Gardens subdivision ignited by slow-moving pAHOEHOE lava flow erupted from KILAUEA Volcano. By end of 1990 121 houses, a store, church, and beach park were destroyed in Kalapana.
    House in Kalapana Gardens subdivision ignited by slow-moving pAHOEHOE lava flow erupted from KILAUEA Volcano. By end of 1990 121 houses, a store, church, and beach park were destroyed in Kalapana.
    House in Kalapana Gardens subdivision ignited by slow-moving pāhoehoe lava flow erupted from Kīlauea Volcano. By end of 1990 121 houses, a store, church, and beach park were destroyed in Kalapana.
  • Ash-rich plume rising from HALEMAUMAU Crater, KILAUEA Volcano, HAWAII
    Ash-rich plume rising from HALEMAUMAU Crater, KILAUEA Volcano, HAWAII
    Ash-rich plume rising from Halemaʻumaʻu Crater, Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaiʻi
  • KILAUEA’s 1971 Southwest Rift Zone Eruption: A First in 52 Years
    KILAUEA’s 1971 Southwest Rift Zone Eruption: A First in 52 Years
    Kīlauea’s 1971 Southwest Rift Zone Eruption: A First in 52 Years