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2003 Cities on Volcanoes 3
Meeting in Hilo, HI; 14-18 July 2003

Copyrighted paintng of Pele, Hawaiian Volcano Goddess, by Herb Kane Cities on Volcanoes 3 is the third international meeting to bring together emergency managers, volcanologists, educators, sociologists, psychologists, economists and city planners to re-evaluate volcanic crisis preparedness and management in cities and densely populated areas. The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is helping to organize this interdisciplinary meeting. Learn more.

New photo gallery of the east rift zone,
Kilauea Volcano

Shaded-relief map of east rift zone of Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i
Oblique shaded-relief map of east rift zone of Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i. Click for large map.

When standing at the summit of Kilauea Volcano and looking into its caldera, the east rift zone—easily the largest and longest part of the volcano—is out of view just over the horizon. Because the east rift zone is so hard to see, most first-time visitors to Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park have little idea that an enormous low-profile ridge extends eastward 55 km to the ocean and then plunges another 75 km before ending 5.4 km below sea level!

Learn more about the east rift zone by exploring our new photo gallery of vents and cones, craters, faults and fractures, lava flows, rainforest, idyllic communities, and a lighthouse spared from a lava flow in 1960.

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Archive of previous feature stories

  Pahoehoe flow moves along base of Pulama Pali, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i
Photograph by R. Hoblitt
16 May 2002

Pahoehoe flow at base of Pulama pali

Leading edge of the Boundary flow on the east side of the active flow field spills over the rough surface of earlier flows. Here, the slow-moving flow is about 2.5 km from the ocean. In bottom photo, lava flowing through vegetation about 3 km from the coast frequently triggers methane explosions within a few tens of meters of flow margins. Learn more about methane explosions

See Kilauea eruption update for status of this flow.

Archive of Featured Photographs

  Sluggish pahoehoe lava moves through rainforest at base of Pulama pali, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i
Photograph by R. Hoblitt
16 May 2002


More Volcano Information from HVO and Beyond

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