Hawaiian Volcano Observatory's mission
HVO monitors the active volcanoes in Hawaii, assesses their hazards, issues warnings, and advances scientific
understanding to reduce impacts of volcanic eruptions.
Videos of 2020 Volcano Awareness Month talks now online January 30, 2020
If you missed any of the 2020 Volcano Awareness Month talks, they are now posted online. Click a title below to view on USGS YouTube … or view/download a higher resolution video and written transcript on the USGS Multimedia Gallery. Closed captions are available on both.
New USGS video: "Sampling the water in Halemaumau – Kīlauea Volcano" December 10, 2019
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists discuss sampling the water at the bottom of Halema‘uma‘u, Kīlauea Volcano. In this 11-minute USGS video, they describe how an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) was used in October to collect a sample of the water to investigate its source and composition. The video can be viewed here on the USGS YouTube Channel and can be downloaded here from the USGS Multimedia Gallery.
New USGS video: "Water appears in Halemaumau – Kīlauea Volcano" October 10, 2019
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists talk about the water at the bottom of Halema‘uma‘u, which first appeared in late July 2019 and continues to rise today. In this 16-minute USGS YouTube video, they address why the water appeared, how it's monitored, and its potential hazards. The video can be viewed here on the USGS YouTube Channel and can be downloaded here from the USGS Multimedia Gallery.
Water pond in Halemaumau August 21, 2019
HVO geophysicist Jim Kauahikaua discusses the water pond in Halema‘uma‘u and what it means in this 19-minute "Island Conversations" interview recently aired on Hawai‘i radio stations. He also talks about the status of both Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, neither of which is erupting. Listen to the full interview at B93/B97 or Big Island Video News, which includes a transcription.
Updated overview of Kīlauea Volcano's 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption and summit collapse June 10, 2019
A summary chronology and interesting facts about Kīlauea Volcano's 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption and summit collapse. See overview here...