Volcano news & updates: Kilauea volcano (Big Island, Hawaii)
Kilauea volcano update: New lava flows from new vent at Pu'u 'O'o crater's north flank
Sunday Jun 29, 2014 08:45 AM | VON: T
The new lava flow seen yesterday (USGS)
A new lava breakout occurred Friday early morning (local time) from a new vent on the outer northern flank of Pu'u 'O'o crater. It feeds a new lava flow with several branches headed to the north and northeast. The most advanced of the them traveled to the NW and had quickly reached a length of approx 1 km yesterday, but has not advanced much since.
Map of the lava flows at Kilauea (USGS)
The event was marked by a sudden deflation of the cone, indicating that magma drained from underneath the Pu'u 'O'o crater terrace and moved to the new vent. This rapid drop in magma level under the crater terrace resulted in the collapse of several of the spatter cones. Until yesterday, these had been the site of frequent overflows and were feeding the Kahaual'a2 flow field.
Overall, activity at the volcano has been relatively stable over the past months, with good magma supply to both the summit lava lake in Halema'uma'u and the Pu'u 'O'o vents on the eastern rift zone in 10 km distance. The new vent at Pu'u 'O'o is simply a change in the surface configuration of vents for Kilauea's continued magma supply.
Monday, Sep 09, 2013
In the past few weeks activity in Kalapana has gradually diminished and entered a pause yesterday, while lava has become more active in the remote region north of Pu`u `O`o during the same timeframe. Pressure levels are still high on the summit and east rift zone. [mehr]
Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013
The eruption continues with no significant changes; lava continues to flow into the ocean. ... [mehr]
Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013
Some impressions from Kilauea taken by Yashmin during our latest Round-The-World tour in April 2013 [mehr]
Friday, Jul 05, 2013
The eruption continued with no significant changes over the past weeks. The level of lava inside the Halema'uma'u crater rises and falls with the inflation-deflation cycles, but overall continues to rise very slowly. ... [mehr]
Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013
No significant changes in activity have occurred over the past weeks. The summit is currently in a phase of slow inflation while the lava lake level in Halema'uma'u remained fairly steady. The 2 lava flow fields fed from Pu'u 'O'o continue to be active: on the middle east rift zone, the Kahauale`a II lava flow was recently conquering new land and burning forest north of Pu`u `O`o. ... [mehr]