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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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Hawaii - Birthplace of Islands (14 days walking and study tour to Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Hawai'i)
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Pele´s Fire and Myths (7 days walking tour exploring Kilauea´s historic eruption sites, Hawai'i)

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Volcano news & updates: Kilauea volcano (Big Island, Hawaii)

Kīlauea volcano (Hawai'i): new lava flows

Tue, 3 Jan 2012, 23:53
23:53 PM | BY: PO
After almost a week with no accessible lava, pressure returns to Kīlauea as seen in this link's plot of ground tilt. At the same time, lava flows are again accessible via an extreme, 8-mile round-trip hike with a steep climb to private property in Royal Gardens. The hike will get easier and less dangerous once this renewed pressure pushes lava back onto the coastal flats, so stay tuned! Contact us for details on current conditions and accessibility!
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Previous news
Sat, 10 Dec 2011, 20:33
At 6:15pm on December 9, 2011, lava from the September 21st fissure first entered the ocean at East Ka'ili'ili in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, 4.5 miles from the end of Chain of Craters Rd, and 3.5 miles from Kalapana Gardens. Lava flows are also vigorously active all across the coastal plain, leaking from the newly formed lava tube, AND are visible flowing down the hillside in large rivers from a distance as well. Please contact us for more information on current accessibility! ... read all
Mon, 5 Dec 2011, 08:47
`A`a lava flow on Kilauea, December 4, 2011.
Lava flows from Pu`u `O`o vent's newest fissure, which began erupting in September, have finally advanced onto Kīlauea's coastal plain and are accessible by foot! It is a 2-3 hour hike EACH WAY over very uneven terrain, typically a 6 hour round-trip from Kalapana. read all
Wed, 21 Sep 2011, 17:31
Fissure eruption seen from a distance.
Since the last breach of Pu`u `Ō`ō vent to the west and accompanying crater floor collapse (subject of our last update), the magma supply to the area has continued with a few hiccups. Last night, lava flows continued to spill out from the vent to the west, until shortly after midnight when it appears a new breach on the east side of the vent developed. Now, a big lava flow is surging to the southeast, and we are establishing a new viewing trail from Kalapana to see this activity on Pu`u `Ō`ō's east flank! Contact us for more details! ... read all
Sat, 13 Aug 2011, 20:48
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! ... read all
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

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