Volcano news & updates: Kilauea volcano (Big Island, Hawaii)
Kilauea volcano (Hawai'i): earthquake swarm near summit caldera
Fri, 23 Oct 2020, 16:1816:18 PM | BY: T
A swarm of small shallow earthquakes has been occurring today in an area 2-3 miles northwest of the summit caldera, near the Highway 11.
Location of today's quakes (red) near the summit of Kilauea volcano
So far, almost 50 quakes of magnitudes between 1.7 and 3.0 have been recorded by USGS, at shallow depths mostly around 2-3 km.
Whether the quakes are related to magmatic processes or are purely tectonic in origin is unclear; USGS has not yet commented on the events. The largest tremor, a magnitude 3.0 quake 9 Km WSW at 1.43 am local time, was felt by some residents of Volcano village.
Sat, 10 Oct 2020, 09:02
To capture the public’s attention, some news articles occasionally over-exaggerate on the scientific truth, elaborating on evidence and observation. Is the Halema‘uma‘u Crater within Kīlauea Volcano really “turning into a deadly crater lake?” as portrayed in a recent Forbes article and thus triggering similar eye-catching news stories. One article claims “the volcano is quickly turning into a crater lake full of lava” - a statement that is very misleading and, scientifically, inaccurate for the volcano in question. ... read all
Fri, 7 Aug 2020, 09:23
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) reported that the volcano's summit water lake has continued to rise since 25 July last year when water was first spotted at the bottom of Halema‘uma‘u pit crater inside the summit caldera. ... read all
Sat, 4 Apr 2020, 00:51
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have released the monthly update of activity at Kilauea volcano over the month of March. ... read all
Fri, 6 Mar 2020, 16:44
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) report that over the past month at Kilauea volcano, the rates of seismicity varied but within a range observed over the past year. Sulfur dioxide emission rates have been low at the summit and below detection limits at Puʻu ʻŌʻō and the lower East Rift Zone. The water pond at the bottom of Halema'uma'u continues to slowly expand and deepen and its dimensions are approximately 100 meters (330 feet) by 200 meters (660 feet) and approximately 28 meters or 92 feet deep as of early March. ... read all
Thu, 6 Feb 2020, 23:05
Over the past month, rates of seismicity were variable but within long term vales. Sulfur dioxide emission rates are low at the summit and are below detection limits at Puʻu ʻŌʻō and the lower East Rift Zone. The pond at the bottom of Halema'uma'u, which began forming on July 25, 2019, continues to slowly expand and deepen. The pond has grown 95 meters by 194 meters (310 feet by 640 feet) and 25 meters (82 feet) deep. The pond has deepened by 2 meters (around 7 feet) over the month of January 2020. ... read all