• Relive grand eruptions with this augmented & virtual reality tour!

• See the volcano at its best no matter the weather!

• Keep a virtual souvenir!

• Download by Wifi or Personal Hotspot!

For virtual tourists & live visitors to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park & Kīlauea volcano, Eruption Lens presents a 360° world augmented by eruptions.

Use this app in-person at each viewpoint OR from anywhere with virtual backgrounds by pointing your device all around.

This second edition includes 16 viewpoints within the National Park on Kīlauea, each featuring an eruption sequence of images & short video.

Reveal each eruption headline by scanning the photo or video, then tap next. Tap any image for more info, or just go with the flow!

Use the map to explore eruption sites and viewpoints, show directions to a nearby viewpoint, and open USGS web content for each eruption.

Created by a volcanologist and award-winning tour guide to include public historical images as well as exclusive time-lapse video.

Version Features:

• 16 viewpoints grouped into 6 eruption source areas / 3 tour areas

• 360° 4K VR backgrounds with higher-res photo & video augmentations

• Live camera AR for in-person visits to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

• Navigation by moving the device / tapping images & buttons

• Eruption images shared between multiple viewpoints display from different angles

• Overlay 360° VR to "see through" bad weather in-person visits

• View closed locations in 360° VR

What’s New

Version 1.2.0

Major content update to include the 2018 Lower East Rift eruption and summit caldera collapse!

-4 NEW VIEWPOINTS have been added, 3 within the National Park for new caldera views as well as 1 outside -- the Pu‘uhonua o Puna community hub as the viewpoint for the new eruption.

-5 previous viewpoints are still included as "ONLY IN VR" sites but are no longer accessible in-person due to earthquake damage and the end of the 35-year Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō eruption.

-Other viewpoint slideshows have been minimally updated to include the latest eruption slide.

-Default list of viewpoints now by eruption "Lava Source", but can still be displayed by "Tour Area" within the National Park for in-person visitors.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

PhD explorer ,

Fantastic! A must have for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park!

If you are visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, this app is an essential companion to truly getting a feel for the dynamic, beautiful, and destructive past of Kilauea. Rather than the rather dry signage at each stop, Eruption Lens allows you to stand at a view point, and see what past eruptions would have looked like from that spot. The combination of augmented reality (AR), videos, time lapses, and stunning imagery with the historical and geological facts and insights. Standing at the Jagger Museum overlook, and holding your phone up to the sky to see the towering eruptions of the past is one of the coolest and most humbling usages of AR I have ever seen.

The one thing I appreciate about this app is that you leave the national park with a more intimate feel for the volcano and how it has evolved over time. Give it a shot!

Note: Another bonus. If the park is closed, or if you want to revisit the park after you have left, you can always visit virtually.

punastrong! ,

Philip Ong good on ya!

Mahalo for sharing your passion for geology in a creative and interactive way. The Kilauea action and Volcano area contains some amazing history and there is so much I had wanted to know more about regarding the different eruptions over the years! Even though the latest action has waned- this app is a reminder of just how dynamic Kilauea is. It won’t be long before a new event captivates!

Smtassp ,

I love this!

Even when I’m not in Hawaii I can still do the virtual tour and see the eruptions. So cool! I’ve learned so much from you on the current eruption and look forward to your updates. I can’t wait to see what you do with fissure 8. Thank you!


Philip Ong
457.1 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 Eruption Software


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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