2018 Volcanoes Archives
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2018 Volcanoes


After 10 months, Kapoho residents can drive into their isolated neighborhood surrounded by lava

The eruption in Kilauea’s lower East Rift Zone turned Halekamahina and neighboring subdivisions in Lower Puna on the Big Island into a kipuka, or area surrounded by lava, cut off from any roads. Read More

State Senate approves $60M aid package for Hawaii County

The Senate gave final approval Friday to a $60 million aid package for Hawaii County to help the island from the Kilauea lava flow that destroyed more than 700 homes last year and a tropical storm in August that caused serious flooding. Read More

USGS lowers Kilauea Volcano alert level back to normal

The U.S. Geological Survey has moved Kilauea Volcano’s alert level back to normal, signifying an end to one of the most voluminous eruptions in Hawaii island history. Read More

Owner optimistic about restarting Puna Geothermal Venture plant by year’s end

Barring any unexpected developments, Puna Geothermal Venture could be producing electricity for the Big Island by the end of the year. Read More

USGS using drones to measure CO2 emissions at Kilauea

The U.S. Geological Survey said with sulfur dioxide emissions at Kilauea drastically lower than they have been for decades, it has turned its attention to measuring another gas — carbon dioxide. Read More

Kilauea flow created thick new land, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says

Kilauea Volcano’s three-month eruption last summer pushed roughly 1 billion cubic yards of molten rock across the Lower Puna landscape and left lava more than 900 feet thick where the flow collided with the ocean. Read More

Scientific report on Kilauea eruption examines data

What triggered last year’s devastating eruption of Kilauea remains a mystery, but a new report by scientists who witnessed the historic event suggests a possible rupturing of a barrier within the volcano’s middle East Rift Zone may have opened the way for magma to reach populated areas in Lower Puna. Read More

Lawmakers advance Hawaii island disaster aid package

House lawmakers Friday approved a lava and flood disaster aid package for Hawaii County that includes $20 million the county can use as the local match for federal disaster assistance, and another $40 million in loans from the state to the county. Read More

Puu Oo eruption over after 7 quiet months, scientists report

After seven months of no surface activity, the Puu Oo eruption on Kilauea Volcano’s middle East Rift Zone can be considered over, according to scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Read More

Puu Oo eruption considered over after seven months of no lava activity, USGS reports

In its 35-year history, Puu Oo, erupted almost continuously, with more than 100 minor pauses of a few hours to a few days up until a catastrophic collapse in April left the site and surrounding lava flow fields devoid of lava through the rest of 2018. Read More

Work begins to restore access to lava-locked Puna Geothermal

The operators of a Hawaii geothermal power plant have started restoring road access to the property cut off by lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption. Read More

Highway repairs in Volcano to require lane closures

State transportation officials said one eastbound lane of Mamalahoa Highway (Route 11) in Volcano will be closed at Mile Marker 29.3, starting today, to continue emergency surface repairs due to seismic activity at Kilauea. Read More

Hawai‘i Volcanoes, Haleakala offer free entry in honor of George H.W. Bush

Hawai‘i Volcanos National Park and Haleakala National Park on Maui will either waive or not collect entrance fees on Wednesday. Read More

Parade and lava museum revive hopes for Pahoa’s future

Saturday’s eclectic Pahoa Holiday Parade — the 25th to run down Pahoa Village Road through the heart of the small rural town — carried the hopes of a community still struggling in the aftermath of Kilauea Volcano’s destructive eruption this year. Read More

Private company plans lava viewing area in Puna

The public could soon have authorized — and unauthorized — access to see firsthand the aftermath of Kilauea Volcano’s Puna eruption. Read More

State gives Hawaii island $10 million in volcano aid

The state is giving a $10 million grant to the Big Island to help jump-start recovery efforts following the Kilauea Volcano eruption. Read More

Column: Flower industry rebuilds from Kilauea

We have seen demand steadily grow over the years. Our primary objective now is to get our farmers who lost everything back on their feet so they, too, can supply that growing demand. Read More

Displaced USGS scientists continue to monitor Kilauea volcano

Geologists who monitor Hawaii’s volcanoes are still among those displaced by the recent eruption of Kilauea. Read More


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