Then and now. It has proven difficult to exactly match past and present views of Kīlauea's summit to show the dramatic changes in the volcanic landscape, but here's our latest attempt. At left is a photo taken on November 28, 2008, with a distinct gas plume rising from the vent that had opened within Halema'uma'u about eight months earlier. At right is a photo taken on August 1, 2018, to approximate the 2008 view for comparison.

Disaster Recovery from Eruption and Summit Collapse in 2018

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The intent of this project is to repair and/or replace critical park infrastructure and U.S. Geological Survey-operated facilities damaged during the 2018 eruption and summit collapse of Kīlauea volcano. The project will include plans for visitor service and administrative sites and addresses potential future use of the Uēkahuna Bluff area.

Beginning in May 2018, the park and Kīlauea summit underwent a major change as magma drained from the chamber beneath Halema'uma'u crater, and the caldera began to collapse, triggering 60,000 earthquakes and clouds of rock and ash that did not cease until early August. Strong seismic activity continued through the summer and was primarily centered near the crater, and significantly impacted buildings in the immediate vicinity on Uēkahuna Bluff, including Jaggar Museum (a visitor center) and Reginald T. Okamura (Okamura) building of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) facility, resulting in the current closure of the area.

We look forward to your input as we move through this project planning.

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Contact Information

Danielle Foster
(808) 985-6073