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HVO monitors the active volcanoes in Hawaii, assesses their hazards, issues warnings, and advances scientific understanding to reduce impacts of volcanic eruptions.

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Update on January 2019 Volcano Awareness Month Presentations
January 18, 2019
Due to the lapse in appropriations, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists are unable to present public lectures as planned. Please note the following changes and check back for updates:

JAN 22 - CANCELLED - Kyle Anderson's After Dark in the Park talk.

Talks by University of Hawaii's Rick Hazlett on January 28, and 29 and Ryan Peroy on January 31 will go on as planned.

The original schedule of presentations and related information can be found here

We apologize for this inconvenience and will try to reschedule talks at a later date.
We continue to monitor and report on volcanic activity during any lapse in appropriations.
December 21, 2018
During the current federal government shutdown, the Volcano Hazard Program and all five U.S. Volcano Observatories will continue to issue updates, warnings, and notifications through the usual channels, including websites, email, and social media. The volcano monitoring data on this website will be kept up to date and all monitoring instruments will continue to be operational. Static website content will not be updated until further notice and information may be outdated. More information is available at
Volcano Awareness Month
December 03, 2018
January 2019 is Hawai‘i Island's 10th annual Volcano Awareness Month. Presentations about Hawaiian volcanoes will be offered around Hawai‘i Island throughout the month. Click here for details.
Volcanic threat assessment helps prioritize risk reduction efforts at U.S. volcanoes
October 25, 2018
Since 1980, there have been 120 eruptions and 52 episodes of notable volcanic unrest at 44 U.S. volcanoes. When erupting, all volcanoes pose a degree of risk to people and infrastructure. However, the risks are not equivalent from one volcano to another because of differences in eruptive style and geographic location. …In Hawai‘i, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa are ranked as very high threat volcanoes, and Kīlauea is in the number one spot for the nation. READ MORE
New USGS Data Release Product
October 09, 2018
Volcanic ash leachate and rainwater chemistry from increased 2018 activity of Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaiʻi
Preliminary data obtained to aid agencies in their evaluation of potential hazards posed by increased volcanic ashfall from the 2018 activity at Kīlauea Volcano. Eruption monitoring is ongoing, so this data release may be updated as more information becomes available.
Preliminary summary of Kīlauea Volcano's 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption and summit collapse
September 27, 2018
Overview of Kīlauea Volcano's activity from April 30 through September 22, 2018.
Timeline of Kīlauea Summit and Lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) events April 17 to October 5, 2018
July 01, 2018
Chronologic timeline of Kīlauea events.

Facts on the stability of Kīlauea's south flank, past and present.
May 14, 2018
Addresses speculative stories, rumors and blogs about the stability of the south flank of Kīlauea and the potential for a catastrophic collapse that could generate a Pacific-wide tsunami. Read more
New Hawai'i Interagency Vog Information Dashboard (from IVHHN)
May 11, 2018
The International Volcanic Health Hazard Network (IVHHN) has a new resource for the current eruptive activity and associated hazards at Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone and summit. Find it at
How you can stay informed about recent Kīlauea Volcano activity
May 02, 2018
The USGS Volcano Notification Service (VNS) is a free service that sends automatic notices (emails or texts) about volcanic activity at U.S. monitored volcanoes, including Hawaiian volcanoes. You can sign up to receive these notifications at

Through VNS, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory issues:
  • daily Kīlauea eruption updates,
  • weekly Mauna Loa updates,
  • monthly updates for Hualālai, Haleakalā, and Mauna Kea,
  • Status Reports about volcanic activity during ongoing events,
  • Volcano Activity Notices if/when significant events or changes in volcanic activity or alert levels occur, and
  • Information Statements to provide additional information or explanations of non-volcanic events on an "as needed" basis.

You can choose the types of notifications that you wish to receive—all of them or just some of them. You can also select the volcanoes you want to hear about—you can choose Hawai‘i only, or volcanoes in other states as well.

For more information about these types of notifications, please see:

The Civil Defense Emergency Notification System is a free service that allows you to receive timely notifications about emergency situations in the County of Hawai‘i. Civil Defense encourages residents and visitors to sign up so that they can be notified in case of an emergency. Standard charges for incoming calls and text messages apply. Sign up at:

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Mauna Loa
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