HAWAII VOLCANO NEWS
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to Kilauea. Visitors experience the results
of 70 million years of volcanic activity as well as related cultural and ecological sights.
The Kilauea caldera was the site of nearly continuous activity during the 19th century and the early 20th century.
Since 1952 there have been 34 eruptions, and since January 1983 eruptive activity has been continuous along the east rift zone.
Kilauea ranks among the world's most active volcanoes.
One of the best ways to discover Kilauea is with Phil Ong of VolcanoDiscovery Hawai'i.
We spent an entire day with Phil learning more about Halema'uma'u crater, Mauna Ulu, and the spectacular
Kazumura Lava Tube, along with Harry Schick, and expert on the Kazamura tube.
Kilauea is the youngest and southeastern most volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii and
it appears topographically as part of the southeastern part of Mauna Loa.
For many years Kilauea was thought to be a mere satellite of its giant neighbor, not a separate volcano.
Over the past few decades geologists determined that Kilauea has its own magma-plumbing system,
extending to the surface from more than 60 kilometers into the Earth.
The summit of Kilauea lies on a line of volcanoes that includes Mauna Kea and Kohala and excludes Mauna Loa.
Hawaiians used the word Kilauea only for the summit caldera, but earth scientists and, over time, popular usage have
extended the name to include the entire volcano.