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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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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)
Typical eruption style:
Dominantly effusive since 1790, but ~60% explosive over past ~2500 years.
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Volcano news & updates: Kilauea volcano (Big Island, Hawaii)

Kīlauea volcano (Hawai`i), activity update: new access

Sat, 13 Aug 2011, 20:48
20:48 PM |
The National Park yesterday reopened the Napau trail for day hikes, which allows for views of the eruption site from about 1mi/2km away (See link below for a few pictures from last night, click back through the set). It's a minimum 10mi/16km round-trip hike crossing frozen lava, native rainforest, and bits of old road, only for the most adventurous! Our expert guides can lead you there for these epic sunset views, weather permitting, just let us know if you're interested!
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Previous news
Thu, 4 Aug 2011, 03:06
The new lava flow west of Pu'u 'O'o seen from the Napau crater.
At 2pm local time, the western base of Pu`u `O`o cone began to erupt a new lava flow, which has advanced at least 3km/1.8mi downslope in the first 2 hours. Meanwhile, Pu`u `O`o's crater floor and perched lava lake have collapsed, sending up clouds of brown ash. There is no earthquake swarm associated with this new breakout, suggesting a collapse of the old edifice as opposed to a new gas-fed fissure, as the Kamoamoa Eruption earlier in March. Other supporting evidence is a smaller magnitude change in tilit and no sustained high-amplitude tremor at the eruption site. ... read all
Tue, 26 Jul 2011, 20:16
Kīlauea volcano continues to pressurize with new magma, uplifting the floor of Pu`u `O`o crater on the order of 1 meter / 3 feet PER DAY over the last month! This uplift has allowed lava flows to emit from the base of the inner crater walls, filling the neighboring craters (MLK & Puka Nui) to overflowing to the southwest starting last night! The inner crater lava flows show up via webcam (check our link below), with visible cracking occuring as the whole crater floor is pistoned upwards! ... read all
Sat, 28 May 2011, 00:10
Magma continues to inflate Kilauea volcano and feeds two rising lava lakes, one in Halema`uma`u Overlook Vent (within 125m/410ft of the crater rim) and another within Pu`u `O`o Vent (within 52m/170ft of the east crater rim). Local officials continue to forbid direct access to both sites, but strong glow is visible from both craters on a nightly basis from legally accessible points. The question now is whether either crater will fill enough to spill over, or whether the increased pressure will cause an adjustment and possible eruption somewhere else, as it did this past March! Thanks to the USGS-HVO, there are near-live webcams into both craters, with spectacular views day and night (see links below). Stay tuned! ... read all
Sun, 27 Mar 2011, 20:18
Lava returned to the crater floor of Pu`u O`o crater this morning, covering it with a small lava lake. The new eruptive episode marks the end of one of the longest pauses in the eruption so far. It followed a day of inflation, first at the summit, then under the eastern rift zone, indicating the rise of underground magam filling the plumbing system again. ... read all
Fri, 18 Mar 2011, 12:01
The east rift zone, site of the recent spectacular eruptive episode in Napau crater, is still pausing. No lava is being erupted at present. Also the lava level inside the Halema`uma`u vent has dropped and the summit has been deflating in recent days. Is this the end of one of history's longest-lived eruptions documented ever, or simply a pause? The following weeks will probably tell. read all

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