Volcanic Activity at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory released video footage of volcanic activity at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park this past weekend.

Active lava video

On Friday, April 13, 2012, the USGS released this video showing a small lava pond in the eastern section o f Pu’u O’o Crater. The lava has been active for approximately the past month. To the southeast of the crater, lava flows spread across the coastal plain, however no lava flows have entered the ocean yet.
Geologists and volcanologists regularly analyze the changing geological ecosystem of volcanic activity at the national park. Above, a Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist collects active lava for analysis.

How close can you get to active lava?

Not very close at all! Active lava and surrounding fields are extremely dangerous. The USGS prohibits visitors to the national park from getting closer than the recommended viewing area. Cliffs near the ocean and areas where active lava flows underground can collapse without warning.

Watch for Danger Signs

Please heed all warning signs at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Hawaii Volcano Danger Sign (Photo: AZAdam / Flickr)

Learn More about Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Click here to learn about the national park on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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