As of March 2014, Kilauea is in a constant state of eruption. It had lain dormant for several hundred years until it suddenly erupted on January 3, 1983. Superheated air and magma spewed into the air, and Kilauea has bee... More » Science Earth Science Volcanoes

According to the U.S. Geological Society, the Kilauea volcano erupted approximately 63 times between 1750 and 1982 and has been continuously erupting since January 3, 1983. The Kilauea volcano is one of the most active i... More »

As of June 2014, the last time Mount Etna erupted was January 2014. The eruption was the first of the year 2014 and was caused by formation of a new crater on the southeastern volcano that resulted from the 2013 eruption... More » Science Earth Science Volcanoes

Kilauea, the largest volcano in the Hawaiian Islands, has affected the people who live in close proximity to it since humans first came to live on Hawaii. Kilauea is still active. It has been erupting constantly since 19... More »

Mount Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawaii is a shield volcano. Its continuous lava flow since 1983 is a defining characteristic of a shield volcano. More »

A mainly basaltic type of lava is produced by Kilauea during a typical eruption. This extruded molten material is characterized by low concentrations of silica and high melting temperatures. Compared to rhyolitic lava, b... More »

Kilauea formed from the uprising of magma from deep within the surface of the Earth. Kilauea is categorized as a hotspot volcano, which is the most common type of volcano in the Hawaiian Islands. These volcanoes do not f... More »