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USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO)
United States Geological Survey
P.O. Box 51, 1 Crater Rim Road

Hawaii National Park, Hawaii 96718

Telephone :

(1) 808-967-7328

Telefax :

(1) 808-967-8890

Scientist in Charge:

Tina Neal

Email :

Website :


Research geophysicist:

Dr Jim Kauahikaua Email:

Gas geochemist:

Tamar Elias  

HVO was founded in 1912 by Thomas A. Jaggar, Jr., and has been a permanent part of the U.S. Geological Survey since 1948. HVO is responsible for monitoring earthquakes and volcanoes in Hawaii. The volcanoes considered active include Kilauea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai, Lo`ihi (submarine), Mauna Kea, and Haleakala (Maui).

More information about HVO can be found in these online publications:
The Story of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory—A Remarkable First 100 Years of Tracking Eruptions and Earthquakes
HVO’s founding in 1912, advances in monitoring tools and techniques, significant discoveries over the past century, and notable eruptions and earthquakes during the past 100 years.
Eruptions of Hawaiian Volcanoes: Past, Present, and Future
The origin of Hawaiian volcanoes, Hawaiian eruptions, monitoring and research, volcanic products and landforms, volcanic hazards and benefits, and more (2nd revised edition).

 Updated: 17 Feb 2014