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Whether you are planning your next trip to Hawaii or you are just curious about the climate and terrain, we have you covered. Below are some helpful links to inform you on all things relating to Hawaii’s volcanoes. Roam through our resources to find out how to get up close and personal with volcanoes in a Hawaiian national park, or even just check the vog forecasts. Click the links below! To see a list of closures that remain in the park due to the 2018 eruption, visit

U.S. Geological Survey Eruption Updates

(Official update site from the scientists that monitor the volcano)

Access the U.S. Geological Survey to find current alerts, geology & history, volcano monitoring, publications, and more. You can also subscribe to receive volcano and climate notifications.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was created to preserve the natural setting of Kilauea and Mauna Loa, along with providing results of 70 million years of volcanic eruption, migration, evolution. The Park protects and promotes the understanding of the plants, animals and natural resources native to Hawaii.

Hotspots: Mantle Thermal Plumes

Coined by J.Tuzo Wilson, hotspots, are small, long-lasting, and exceptionally hot regions located below the earth’s plates. Hotspots provide centralized sources of thermal plumes (also known as hot heat energy) that create an environment that supports volcanic activity. Overtime island volcanoes can form due to the melting of the Pacific Plate.

Kilauea Volcano

This photo shows the widest portion of the Fissure 8 channel, at roughly 425 meters (0.26 miles) across.

The Kilauea Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes known to Earth. It has been erupting continuously since 1983, it is still known as the “drive-up” volcano because of the convenience of accessing many of its areas. Although it is one of the most studied volcanoes, there is still a lot that scientists do not yet understand about the inner workings of Kilauea.

Loihi Volcano 

(Newest up-and-coming volcano)

The Loihi seamount was originally not considered to be a volcano. Instead, it was thought to be an old dead seamount; which commonly surrounds Hawaii. It was not until an expedition in 1970, where scientists realized that Loihi was in fact a relatively young, active volcano. Loihi’s first confirmed eruption was in August of 1996, and since then it has been erupting intermittently.

Mauna Loa Volcano 

(Hawaii’s “other” volcano)

Mauna Loa is one of several volcanoes, that has been classified as a “Decade Volcano.” The Decade Volcanoes program promotes studies and public-awareness about these volcanoes and the dangers surrounding them. Mauna Loa currently makes up half of Hawaii’s Big Island.

Movies of Kilauea

As the Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes, scientists frequently study and monitor the eruptions and study the effects on the earth. U.S Geological Survey prepares blogs, photo, and video updates, for viewers to keep up to date with Kilauea’s activity.

Tropical Visions

(Sells videotapes of some of the best Kilauea eruption footage we’ve ever seen)

“Volcano Scapes” is a video series that gives historical context on Hawaii’s volcanoes. You can explore the history, dangers, and beauty of active volcanoes through these documentary series.

University of Hawaii Volcano Web Site  (Very comprehensive)

The University of Hawaii Volcano website provides information and links on volcano updates, live streams of volcano eruptions, and information about the parks and observatories in Hawaii.

U.S. Geological Survey Home Page  (Lots of good info on all Hawaiian volcanoes)

Access the U.S. Geological Survey Home Page to find current alerts, geology & history, volcano monitoring, publications, and more. You can also subscribe to receive volcano and climate notifications.

Vog Measurement & Prediction

The Vog Measurement and Prediction Project provides forecasts to the public on Hawaii’s vog (smog containing volcanic dust and gases) condition through the comprehensive website. For more information on real-time vog forecasts, current conditions, and to join the discussion, use this website as a resource.

Volcano Watch (Archive of the weekly science articles that appear in the local newspaper)

For weekly articles and updates, head over to Volcano Watch to find resources created by scientists and colleagues of the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

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