Hawaiian Volcano 

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HVO geologist discusses residential areas likley to be inundated by lava
Photograph by J.B. Stokes on April 19, 1987

HVO's staff engages in a variety of media and education forums in order to help reduce volcanic risk in Hawai`i. We regularly meet with the public and coordinate with officials responsible for public safety before, during, and after eruptions and large earthquakes. During eruptions, we provide information on lava movement that guides decisions by Hawai`i County Civil Defense and Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park regarding evacuation, road closures, and vantage points for visitors. When lava threatens to approach inhabitated areas, we work 24 hours a day to provide up-to-date assessments of an eruption's status and lava-flow locations.

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Updated: 11 March 1998