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Kilauea volcano
Shield volcano 1277 m (4,190 ft)
Hawai'i, 19.41°N / -155.29°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
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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)
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Dominantly effusive since 1790, but ~60% explosive over past ~2500 years.
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Volcano news & updates: Kilauea volcano (Big Island, Hawaii)

Kilauea volcano (Hawai'i): activity summary 28 Nov - 4 Dec 2012

Wednesday Dec 05, 2012 11:05 AM | BY: T

During 28 November-4 December HVO reported that on most days the circulating lava lake periodically rose and fell in the deep pit within Kilauea's Halema'uma'u Crater. Occasional measurements indicated that the gas plume from the vent continued to deposit variable amounts of ash, spatter, and Pele's hair onto nearby areas.

At Pu'u 'O'o Crater, lava circulated within the perched lava lake at the NE part of the crater, and glow emanated from spatter cones on the SE part of the crater floor and from a spatter cone at the NW edge. Lava overflowed the lava lake on 24 November and 2 December.

Lava flows remained active in two branches on the coastal plain: a small W branch, and a larger E branch with scattered activity extending from the pali to the coast E of the easternmost boundary of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. During 28-30 November steam plumes did not rise from the ocean entry point; on 30 November geologists confirmed that active lava flows were 100 m from the coast. Lava again entered the ocean during 1-2 and 4 December.
Previous news

Sunday, Nov 25, 2012
For the first time in 2012, Kīlauea lava flows have entered the Pacific Ocean, adding slivers of new land to Hawai‘i Island! First contact, around 2pm today, occurred 0.3mi/500m east of the National Park boundary and about 2mi/3.5km west of Kalapana. [more]

Thursday, Nov 15, 2012
Lava flows on Kīlauea volcano's coastal plain are feeling increased pressure and have reached within 400m/0.25mi of the shoreline, and are expected to enter the ocean in the next few days! [more]
Monday, Nov 12, 2012
Lava flows southeast of Pu`u `O`o continued to advance across the coastal plain and may reach the ocean in the next few days. (USGS daily update) [more]
Friday, Nov 09, 2012
Activity continued at two locations. At the summit, DI deflation continued but the lava lake level remained stable. Seismic activity was low in the summit and the upper east rift zone. ... [more]
Monday, Nov 05, 2012
Summit deflation was weak and seemed to be over by noon 3 Nov. The Halema'uma'u lava lake level rose and fell between 2 and 10 pm on 3 Nov but otherwise remained fairly steady and below the inner ledge. Seismic activity decreased but remained elevated in the upper east rift zone. ... [more]

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