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Kilauea volcano
Shield volcano 1277 m (4,190 ft)
Hawai'i, 19.41°N / -155.29°W
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5) Kilauea volcano eruptions:
Near-continuous eruptions. Since 1960: 1961 (4x), 1962, 1963 (2x), 1965 (2x), 1967-68, 1968 (2x), 1969, 1969-74, 1971 (2x), 1973 (2x), 1974 (3x), 1975, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982 (2x), 1983-2018 (incl. 1986, 1992, 1997, 2007, 2011 (3x)), 2018 (lower east rift zone in Leilani subdivision), 2020 (Dec) - ongoing
Typical eruption style:
Dominantly effusive since 1790, but ~60% explosive over past ~2500 years.

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Kilauea volcano sat by (C) NASA
Kilauea volcano sat by (C) NASA

Kilauea volcano (Hawai'i): cracks divide active and inactive portions of lava lake

Mon, 1 Feb 2021, 11:23
11:23 AM | BY: MARTIN
Cracks divide active and inactive portions of the growing Halema‘uma‘u lava lake (image: HVO)
Cracks divide active and inactive portions of the growing Halema‘uma‘u lava lake (image: HVO)
Western fissure emits the gas content and supplies the lava flow into the lava lake. Snow from a recent storm can be seen on the summit of Mauna Loa Volcano, in the upper left corner of the image (image: HVO)
Western fissure emits the gas content and supplies the lava flow into the lava lake. Snow from a recent storm can be seen on the summit of Mauna Loa Volcano, in the upper left corner of the image (image: HVO)
The effusive eruption of the volcano continues and has remained essentially unchanged at moderate levels.
The western fissure continues to supply the lava into the growing Halema‘uma‘u lava lake.
According to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) a north-south trending line of surficial cracks divides the boundary between the western active portion (left) and eastern stagnant portion (right) of the Halema‘uma‘u lava lake. Lake depth measurements from 28 January on both sides of the cracks (near center) indicate that the eastern portion of the lava lake is 4 m (13 ft) lower than the western portion of the lava lake. In contrast, the stagnant eastern portion is a duller gray with several smaller islands visible. North of the cracks (upper center), the top of the inactive northern vent spatter cone is nearly submerged by the rising lava lake.
On 23 January a sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions reached to a 2200 tonnes/day and continues at elevated levels including seismic activity.
Source: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory volcano activity update 1 February 2021

Previous news

Fri, 15 Jan 2021, 07:43
Distribution of the earthquakes (red frame) in Kaʻū district during the past month (image: HVO)
Seismic network of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) recorded a volcano-tectonic earthquake with magnitude M 4 located beneath the south part of the Island of Hawai'i, in the district of Kaʻū at about 18:15 local time yesterday. ... read all
Wed, 13 Jan 2021, 07:49
Lava fountains from western fissure vent at Kilauea volcano on 11 January (image: HVO)
The effusive eruption of the volcano continues characterized by continuous feeding the growing lava lake. ... read all
Mon, 11 Jan 2021, 07:48
The largest floating island in Halema‘uma‘u crater lake (image: HVO)
The effusive eruption of the volcano continues. The west vent continues to feed the growing lava lake that remains active and hasn't shown big variations over the past days. ... read all
Mon, 28 Dec 2020, 20:49
Kilauea's lava lake this evening (themal webcam image of HVO)
According to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), the lava lake remains active and hasn't shown big variations over the past days. ... read all
Sat, 26 Dec 2020, 19:44
Activity of the northern vent of Kilauea's lava lake yesterday (image: HVO)
The new eruption continues with little changes, but the rapidly formed lava lake in the summit collapse crater might have reached an equilibrium between magma influx and drain, as it has only increased little during the past 24 hours. ... read all

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