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Volcanoes of Hawai`i
The island of Hawai`i has one of the youngest and most
diverse landscapes on Earth. Built by countless eruptions of
lava and tephra and sculpted by faults, landslides, and
water, the Big Island is a remarkable window into the early
histories of the other, much older Hawaiian Islands. The images
below illustrate the striking landscapes of Hawaiian volcanoes
and the islands they've built in the past few million years.
You'll also find images of recent eruptions and the work that we
do to improve our understanding of volcanoes and issue timely
warnings when hazardous activity threatens people and property.
See description of images on this Web site.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have built camera systems to act as surrogate eyes. These time lapse camera systems supplement the near-real-time Pu`u `O`o webcam and the Mauna Loa webcam by providing an inexpensive alternative that can be rapidly and easily deployed. These camera systems have allowed Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists to document a variety of exciting volcanic processes that occur on active shield volcanoes. The time lapse movies illustrate many of these processes.
Pu`u` `O`o - Kupaianaha eruption
The rise of Pu`u `O`o
Eruption shifts to Kupaianaha
Eruption returns to Pu`u `O`o
The fall of Pu`u `O`o
Intrusion triggers pause in eruption
- 2000, Lava enters sea; ocean entry bench formation
- 2001, Pulama pali; new ocean entry at Kamoamoa
- 2002, 2300-foot hornito; rootless shields; Mother's Day flow
- 2003, Kohola flow; Highcastle ocean entry
- 2004, MLK event; Banana flow and ocean entry
- 2005, Pu`u O`o to the sea
- What's happening with the eruption right now!
Mauna Loa Volcano
Spotlight Image Archive
Other USGS photo galleries of volcanoes
About the Images
Each topic will lead you to a page of small images (200 x 125
pixels) with a few corresponding key words. Each of the small
images are linked to a medium-sized image (350 x 219 pixels)
with a detailed caption, which is linked to a large image
(800 x 500 pixels). The original images are either 35mm slide
transparencies or digital. Unless noted on the image and
caption, the photographs were taken by scientists of the U.S.
Geological Survey and are in the public domain. If you use
the images, please credit U.S. Department of Interior, U.S.
Updated: 14 November 2006 (pnf)