Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Kilauea volcano update: It only seems oh so quiet

May 14, 2008, 11:15 am

After a flurry of summit activity in the last couple of months—steam vent explosions, vog, evacuations, two temporary closures of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park—life there has seemed a bit quiet the last three weeks.

So we caught up with park ranger Mardie Lane to see if life for scientists and rangers at Kilauea had quieted down, too. Not a chance, said Lane.

“This park is never quiet. It’s the park that never sleeps. Not to take anything away from other national parks but, honestly, I’ve been known to stand on the edge of the Grand Canyon and go, ‘Well, what happens next?’” said Lane, chuckling. “We’re so used to the dynamic nature of active volcanism here.”