Seismic activity and ground deformation surge at Kīlauea’s summit, Hawaii

Seismic activity and ground deformation surge at Kīlauea’s summit, Hawaii

Increased earthquake activity and signs of magma movement beneath Kīlauea’s summit, detected on January 31, 2024, have prompted the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory to elevate the volcano’s alert level from ADVISORY/YELLOW to WATCH/ORANGE. With over 500 earthquakes recorded since midnight and ground deformation indicating pressurized magma chambers, the risk of an eruption remains high.

Rapid uplift and strong seismicity precede new eruption at Kīlauea, Hawaii

Rapid uplift and strong seismicity precede new eruption at Kīlauea, Hawaii

At 01:15 UTC on September 11, 2023 (15:15 HST, September 10), the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) identified new eruptive activity at Kīlauea’s summit within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, based on webcam images and field reports. The eruption was preceded by intense seismic activity and rapid uplift at the summit.

The deadliest natural disaster in Hawaii since it joined U.S. in 1959

The deadliest natural disaster in Hawaii since it joined U.S. in 1959

Destructive wildfires in Maui, Hawaii have claimed at least 80 lives in just a couple of days, as of late Friday (LT), August 11, 2023. This makes them the deadliest natural disaster in Hawaii since it joined the United States in 1959.

New eruption starts at Kilauea volcano, Hawaii

New eruption starts at Kilauea volcano, Hawaii

At approximately 14:44 UTC (04:44 HST) on June 7, 2023, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) detected a glow in Kīlauea summit webcam images indicating that an eruption has commenced within Halemaʻumaʻu crater in Kīlauea’s summit caldera, within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Mauna Loa is no longer erupting, Hawai’i

Mauna Loa is no longer erupting, Hawai’i

The eruption at Mauna Loa that started on November 28, 2022, ended on December 13. This was the first eruption at the world’s largest active volcano since 1984 (VEI 0).