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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)
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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 branch building momentum

Thursday Nov 13, 2014 19:57 PM | BY: PO

USGS-HVO photo of active lava flow areas on November 12, 2014.
USGS-HVO photo of active lava flow areas on November 12, 2014.
Latest update map from USGS-HVO showing the quickening lava flow branch.
Latest update map from USGS-HVO showing the quickening lava flow branch.
An upper branch of the active lava flow has advanced roughly 375m/400yds over the past 2-3 days to within 300m/325yds of Apaʻa Street, on the other side of the recycling & waste transfer station.

Lava also continues to fill the driveways surrounding that facility and continues to threaten nearby power poles, which have been upgraded to steel, heavily insulated to a height of ~5m/15ft, and sprayed with water and foam by firefighters as part of this evolving experiment. Finally, the flow near the cemetery continues to widen to the north after burning the first residence in the area.

Pressure at the summit has fluctuated but generally remains high, giving no indication of any decrease of lava flows in the near future.
Previous news
Lava flows across the fence at Pahoa transfer staion on November 10, 2014.
Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014
Yesterday, lava flowed across the fence at the Pahoa transfer staion, a recycling and waste facility at the edge of town and across the street from the first residence which burned the day before. USGS-HVO reports that lava is currently filling the low area around the center of the facility, which had already been largely dismantled and relocated. ... [more]
County of Hawaii media image of burning house on November 10, 2014 on the outskirts of Pahoa village.
Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014
Today lava reached and burned an unoccupied home on private property near the transfer station on Apa`a Rd. Lava first flowed nearby on October 25, with the front approximately 50m/yds wide and 75m/yds away from the residence. The main flow went by, and after stalling near Pahoa Village Rd has widened upslope and nearby the transfer station. ... [more]
USGS-HVO image of breakout widening flow field on November 6, 2014 near Pahoa village.
Saturday, Nov 08, 2014
HVO's latest update details the areas of continuing activity as the flow field thickens and widens: ... [more]
Updated map of the lava flow in Pahoa as of 5 Nov 2014 local time (HVO)
Thursday, Nov 06, 2014
The lava flow in Pahoa has not advanced at its leading edge and only minor breakouts have enlarged it at its sides. ... [more]
Updated map of the lava flow in Pahoa as of 3 Nov 2014 (no major changes until early 5 Nov))
Wednesday, Nov 05, 2014
USGS staff from HVO measured the lava flow yesterday and reported that "the leading edge of the flow has not advanced since last Thursday, October 30, but the flow continued to inflate, and minor breakouts were scattered across the flow interior behind the flow front. ... [more]

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