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Volcano Awareness Month

January 2011 is Hawai'i Island's second annual "Volcano Awareness Month." Today, as in the past, awareness is essential for us to live in harmony with the volcanoes that are our island home.

With this in mind, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), in cooperation with Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai'i County Civil Defense, and the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, will promote the importance of understanding and respecting the volcanoes on which we live through a month-long series of activities.

During the month, we will offer evening talks, guided hikes, a teacher workshop, and other programs as opportunities for you to increase your awareness of Hawai'i's volcanoes. Details about these activities are provided in the links below.

This month also marks the 28th anniversary of Kīlauea's east rift zone eruption, which began on January 3, 1983, and continues today. During the past year, lava flows from this ongoing eruption burned two homes in Kalapana Gardens—the same area where lava destroyed 104 structures in 1990. The recent and past destruction in this coastal community are sobering reminders of why it's important to understand how Hawai'i's volcanoes work.


At-a-Glance Activity Calendar
"After Dark in the Park" Talks
Evening talks at UH-Hilo
Talks in Hilo and Kona
Guided geology hikes
Park programs
Teacher workshop
Onizuka Day

In this composite photo of Kīlauea's southeast flank, a thermal image has been superimposed over a conventional photo to highlight lava flows that were advancing toward Kalapana Gardens (lower right) and two ocean entries on August 6, 2010. Inactive, but still warm, lava is pink to purple in color. Active breakouts of molten lava on the coastal plain and at the ocean entries are yellow to white in color.


 
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  Halema`uma`u plume captures the sun in the early morning, creating a picturesque sight.
Photograph by M. Poland
November 14, 2008

Hanging with the sun and the moon

Top: Halema`uma`u plume captures the sun in the early morning, creating a picturesque sight.

Bottom: With stagnant winds present, Halema`uma`u plume stands straight up, showing off the distant, but bright, full moon.

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  With stagnant winds present, Halema`uma`u plume stands straight up, showing off the distant, but bright, full moon.
Photograph by M. Poland
November 13, 2008

 

More Volcano Information from HVO and Beyond

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