Category Archives: National Parks

What’s going on with the eruption of Kilauea volcano

Volcanologist Michelle Coombs explains what is going on Kilauea volcano. The video also shows live footage of new fissures. Volcano National Park remains closed, and the Civil Defense has issued a red alert for aviation. Both will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.

Video courtesy of USGS as public domain.

USGS webcam footage of Kilauea Volcano eruption on Hawaii Island

The US Geological Survey (USGS) operates the Hawaii Volcano Observatory (HVO) on Hawaii island. They have several webcams streaming footage of Kilauea volcano as it erupts. These are the most active webcams.

Live Panorama of Halemaʻumaʻu Overlook Vent Wide Angle from HVO Observation Tower [KWcam]







Live Panorama of Halemaʻumaʻu Overlook Vent Thermal HD from Halemaʻumaʻu Overlook [JTcam]








Live Panorama of Lower East Rift Zone Camera from Lower East Rift Zone [PGcam]








Live Panorama of Puʻu ʻŌʻō Crater Thermal from the North Rim [PTcam]

Akaka Falls multiplied by a thousand

Living in Hawaii, I’m no lightweight when it comes to being impressed by waterfalls. But mulitply Akaka Falls on the Big Island by about a thousand and you’ll get Iguazu Falls in South America: the dribble after turning off a fire hose.

I’ve spent the past three days exploring, hiking and gazing awe-struck at this 2-mile long waterfall that spans two countries, Brazil and Argentina. Mind blowing is the best way to describe it. And wet, of course.

Even Niagara in New York, which I visited last month and raved about afterward looks like only a tiny part of Iguazu.