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Hawai'i, 19.41°N / -155.29°W
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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)
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Kilauea volcano (Hawaii), news: new gas vent in Halemau'uma'u crater

Tuesday Mar 18, 2008 00:47 AM |

While lava continues to flow into the ocean, an unusual event is taking place at the summit of the volcano: a new gas vent has opened at the base of Halemaumau crater in the caldera of Kilauea volcano.
Here is some additional information released by HVO:

A prominent new gas vent broke through the lower east wall of Halema`uma`u
crater on March 12, 2008, doubling the already elevated level of sulfur
dioxide gas being emitted from the crater. The vent was obviously
incandescent by evening of the next day.
Release of sulfur dioxide gas from Kilauea volcano is not new, but the
current emission rates are unusual. Gas emissions have been unsettled
since June 2007 but the root cause of the recent increase in SO2 emissions
from Halema`uma`u crater is not yet clear.
While it is a remote possibility, a summit eruption is not expected
because the summit is deflating and not experiencing an unusual number of
earthquakes.
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Previous news
Thursday, Feb 21, 2008
HVO reported that during 13-19 February activity from Kilauea's fissure segment D was concentrated at the Thanksgiving Eve Breakout (TEB) shield and new satellitic shields to the E and SE. ... [more]
Wednesday, Feb 06, 2008
23-29 January: Activity from Kilauea's fissure segment D was concentrated at the Thanksgiving Eve Breakout (TEB ) shield and satellitic shields to the SE. Lava flew from the tops and flanks of the shields. ... [more]
Saturday, Nov 03, 2007
It was reported that during 24-30 October fissure segment D from
Kilauea's 21 July fissure eruption continued to feed an advancing lava
flow. Observations on 26 October confirmed that a tube-fed pahoehoe flow along the N margin of the main channel advanced 2.4 km from the channel end. A few
small earthquakes were located beneath Halema'uma'u crater, and along
the lower SW rift zone and S flank faults during the reporting period. [more]
Thursday, Sep 27, 2007
HVO reported that during 12-18 September fissure segment D from
Kilauea's 21 July fissure eruption continued to feed an advancing 'a'a
lava flow that frequently overflowed its channel edges. Several of the
lava flows that branched from the main channel continued to advance,
widening the flow field. An 'a'a flow that developed within the
previous two weeks crusted over and pahoehoe breakouts issued from
near the flow front on 14 September. A few small earthquakes were
located beneath Halema'uma'u crater, the S flank, and the lower SW
rift zone during the reporting period. [more]
Thursday, Aug 30, 2007
HVO reported that fissure segment D from Kilauea's 21 July fissure eruption continued to feed an advancing 'a'a lava flow during 22-28 ... [more]

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