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Shield volcano 1277 m (4,190 ft)
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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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 update: Lava flow narrows, quickens towards Pahoa

Friday Sep 19, 2014 09:22 AM | BY: PO

Latest USGS-HVO flow map.
Latest USGS-HVO flow map.
Latest USGS-HVO image of advancing front below Kaohe Homesteads on September 17, 2014.
Latest USGS-HVO image of advancing front below Kaohe Homesteads on September 17, 2014.
Flow projection on satellite overlay from USGS-HVO.
Flow projection on satellite overlay from USGS-HVO.
Official releases from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory over the past 48 hours indicate the lava flow is now advancing at a rate of 290m (960 ft) per day and has narrowed once again, after spreading out and slowing down for several days.

Accordingly, estimates of first impact have been revised, for Apa`a Rd around September 26 and for Pāhoa Village Road around September 30, but these are educated guesses and likely subject to further revisions. The main highway will likely be affected with one day of the main village road.

Work continues on alternate bypasses at a steady pace, with most residents of previously quiet neighborhoods graciously accepting the need to sacrifice their isolation to these new routes for the greater good. Locals are beginning to absorb the future impact of this lava flow on the island and making longer-term plans, describing "a disaster in slow-motion" which may produce refugees for the first time in modern Hawai`i.
Previous news
Latest HVO image of advancing front near Kaohe Homesteads, September 15, 2014.
Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014
Pu'u 'O'o's "June 27th flow" continues to advance at a rate around 215m (705ft) per day through vacant forest, but has crossed the Forest Reserve boundary as it continues to skirt downhill of the nearest homes. ... [more]
Aerial photo by HVO of lava flow within 170m of Kaohe Homesteads.
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014
HVO issued the 4th warning status update tonight: ... [more]
Friday, Sep 12, 2014
HVO's latest update: ... [more]
Residents at the public lava flow meeting in Pahoa on September 11, 2014.
Friday, Sep 12, 2014
At the public meeting held at Pahoa High & Intermediate School last night, officials presented the latest lava flow maps and projections following the flow's unexpected turn towards Pahoa town two days ago. HVO scientists reported that the steep slope has allowed to flow to continue moving quickly and that the new path puts it directly through the town of Pahoa in the range of 13-15 days. ... [more]
Friday, Sep 12, 2014
HVO's latest warning status update issued yesterday: ... [more]

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