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Kilauea volcano update: deflation continues

Mon, 20 Jun 2022, 19:59
19:59 PM | BY: MARTIN
Deformation data at Kilauea depicts continuing deflation (image: USGS)
Deformation data at Kilauea depicts continuing deflation (image: USGS)
Depth of the Halemaʻumaʻu lava lake finds at decreasing trend itself for now (image: USGS)
Depth of the Halemaʻumaʻu lava lake finds at decreasing trend itself for now (image: USGS)
Summit instruments detected a deflation starting around the midnight of 18 June with ground subsidence by approx. 2.5 microradians. The lava lake level has dropped by about 3 meters (10 ft) since the ground deformation started. This is most likely reflects reverts of magma batch movements under the surface leading to the lava lake sinking.
The lava flow from the western vent continues to supply to the Halemaʻumaʻu lava lake along the southern and northern rim of the crater floor.

UPDATE 20 June:
The deflation continues and the ground has sunk by 1 more microradians with the lava lake dropping by 2 meters (6 ft) over the past 24 hours.
Source: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory volcano activity update 20 June 2022

Previous news

Wed, 15 Jun 2022, 18:12

Kilauea volcano (Hawaiian Islands, USA) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 8 June-14 June 2022 (Continuing Activity)

HVO reported that lava continued to effuse from a vent in the lower W wall of Kilauea's Halema`uma`u Crater during 8-14 June, entering the lava lake and flowing onto the crater floor. The surface of the lava lake was continuously active all week, and the lake level was relatively stable. Nearly-continuous breakouts of lava occurred along the margins of the lake. ... Read all
Wed, 8 Jun 2022, 18:34

Kilauea volcano (Hawaiian Islands, USA) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 1 June-7 June 2022 (Continuing Activity)

HVO reported that lava continued to effuse from a vent in the lower W wall of Kilauea's Halema`uma`u Crater during 31 May-7 June, entering the lava lake and flowing onto the crater floor. The surface of the lava lake was continuously active all week, and the lake level was relatively stable, dropping and then rising 6 m. Nearly-continuous breakouts of lava occurred along the margins of the lake. ... Read all
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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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