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New USGS Fact Sheet Summarizes the Ongoing Pu`u `O`o - Kupaianaha Eruption

Aerial view of Pu`u `O`o cone, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i On January 3, 2003, Kilauea Volcano began its 21st year of nearly continuous eruption. Since the eruption began in 1983, lava flows have covered 111 square kilometers of the volcano, added nearly 220 hectares to the island, created local volcanic air pollution known as "vog," and drawn millions of people to experience and enjoy volcanic activity up close. This is the longest eruption on Kilauea's east rift zone in at least the past 600 years, and the volcano is not showing any sign that the eruption may end soon. A new 2-page fact sheet summarizes key aspects of the eruption.


Call for Papers Announcement
Cities on Volcanoes 3
Meeting in Hilo, HI; 14-18 July 2003

Copyrighted paintng of Pele, Hawaiian Volcano Goddess, by Herb Kane You can now submit abstracts and register for the third international Cities on Volcanoes meeting in Hilo, Hawai`i. Hot off the press, the Second Circular Call for Papers includes information about the meeting's program, plenary speakers, symposia and workshops, field trips, and lodging, as well as instructions for submitting abstracts, registration and payment online. Click here for Second Circular.

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. HVO is helping to organize this interdisciplinary meeting.

Archive of previous feature stories

  Aerial view of Pu`u `O`o crater, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i
Photograph by R. Hoblitt
20 September 2002
Top: Aerial view of Pu`u `O`o crater looking southwest. Fume rises from spatter cones and other vents located on crater floor and south crater wall. Pu`u `O`o emits about 1,500 tonnes of sulfur dioxide gas a day.

Bottom: Close view of skylight above lava tube for Mother's Day flow, located on southwest flank of Pu`u `O`o. HVO scientists dubbed this the "cookie monster" skylight. Edifice around skylight was built by spatter tossed from lava in tube. This tube supplies all lava downstream in Mother's Day flow.

Archive of Featured Photographs

  Skylight named "Cookie Monster" on southwest flank of Pu`u `O`o, Kilauea Volcano
Photograph by J. Kauahikaua
27 September 2002


More Volcano Information from HVO and Beyond

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More USGS Volcano Web sites

Volcano WatchCurrent issue of Volcano Watch essay, written weekly by USGS scientists.
National Park ServiceHawai`i Volcanoes National Park, home to HVO. Find visitor information and resources here. Graphic: Kids DoorVolcanoes for kids, from the Volcano World website.