January 2013 is Hawaiʻi Island's 4th 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.
The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), in cooperation with Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, the Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation, and Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense, will promote the importance of understanding and respecting the volcanoes on which we live through a series of programs in January:
January 2013 also marks the 30th anniversary of Kīlauea's East Rift Zone eruption, which began on January 3, 1983, and continues today. During the past year, lava flows buried the last occupied home in the Royal Gardens subdivision, bringing the total to 214 structures destroyed by lava since the eruption began. This destruction on Kīlauea's south flank is a reminder
of why it's important to understand how Hawaiian volcanoes work.