volcanoes_2115_600x450Volcanoes are prominent in the news lately with eruptions near Barbardunga volcano in Iceland and Tavurvur volcano in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, as well as Kilauea volcano’s continuing eruption on Hawaii Island. But to prevent any possible confusion, the volcanic activity in Iceland and Papua New Guinea is not affecting the eruption in Hawaii. The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is closely tracking the Kilauea lava flow, which is threatening residential areas in the Puna District. We are also maintaining situational awareness of the far-away eruptions while other scientists within the USGS Volcano Hazards Programs provide assistance to Icelandic and New Guinea colleagues. HVO scientists also continue to monitor the five other potentially active volcanoes on and around the islands of Hawaii and Maui — Mauna Loa, Hualalai, Mauna Kea, Haleakala, and the submarine volcano Loihi. With the exception of Mauna Loa, all of these volcanoes have been quiet over the past several years. More