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January is Volcano Awareness Month!

December 28, 2012

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors throughout January 2013 – which is also Volcano Awareness Month, established by the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. These programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Mark your calendars for these upcoming presentations by USGS scientists:

30th Anniversary of Kīlauea’s Ongoing East Rift Zone Eruption.  Jan. 3, 2013, marks the 30th anniversary of Kīlauea’s ongoing East Rift Zone eruption.  During its first three years, spectacular lava fountains spewed episodically from Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent. Since then, nearly continuous lava effusion has built a vast plain of pāhoehoe lava that stretches from the volcano’s rift zone to the sea.  Although the eruption has been relatively quiet during the past year, with mostly steady but unusually weak activity, it has produced some dramatic lava flows in past years.  Tim Orr, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist, will review highlights from the past 30 years and talk about recent developments on Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone.
When: Tues., Jan. 8, 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium


Pu’u ‘O’o


What’s Happening in Halema‘uma‘u Crater? In March 2008, a new volcanic vent opened in Halema‘uma‘u Crater at the summit of Kīlauea. Since then, the eruption has consisted of continuous degassing, occasional explosive events, and fluctuating lava lake activity in an open crater that has now grown to more than 520 feet wide.  While thousands of visitors flock to see the nighttime glow emitted by the lava lake, Kīlauea’s summit eruption also provides an abundance of data and insights for scientists. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Matt Patrick will present an overview of Kīlauea’s summit eruption, including a survey of the volcanic processes occurring within the vent.
When: Tues., Jan. 15, 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium


A recent look into the lava lake within Halema’uma’u Crater. USGS Photo.

A Below-the-Scenes Look at Kīlauea Volcano’s “Plumbing” System. The magma storage and transport system beneath a volcano can be envisioned like the plumbing system of a house. Magma “pipes” connect different reservoirs, and can feed magma toward the surface or transport it laterally beneath the surface. Thanks to over a century of research, volcanologists have a good idea of where magma is stored beneath Kīlauea and how magma moves between summit storage areas and eruption sites (which can be many miles away) along the volcano’s rift zones. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist Michael Poland will present a picture of what Kīlauea’s subsurface might look like based on observations from eruptions, earthquake patterns, ground deformation, chemical changes, and geologic studies.
When: Tues., Jan. 22, 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium


Kilauea flows. Courtesy of USGS.

Volcano Awareness Month: The Story Behind Monitoring Hawaiian Volcanoes & How HVO Gets the Data It Needs to Track Eruptions and Earthquakes. Have you ever wondered how scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory get the tilt, GPS, and seismic data they need to figure out what’s happening inside Hawai‘i’s active volcanoes? Or how the images of remote volcanic activity on HVO’s website get there? HVO’s chief technical support specialist Kevan Kamibayashi will explain the installation and operation of HVO’s various monitoring sensors and how their signals are sent back to the observatory from remote locations on the volcanoes. Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of the instruments used by HVO to monitor Hawaiian eruptions and earthquakes.
When: Tues., Jan. 29, 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium


Volcano monitoring equipment. Photo courtesy of USGS.

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  1. maryowens72 permalink
    December 28, 2012 7:01 pm

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