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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)
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)

Kilauea volcano (Hawai'i) activity update: active lava lake in Halema'uma'u crater, active lava flow field 6 km SE of Pu'u 'O'o near top of pali

Tuesday Feb 14, 2012 00:01 AM | BY: T

The lava lake in the deep pit within Kilauea's Halema'uma'u Crater circulated and periodically rose and fell. Incandescence was visible on the NE and SE edges of the Pu'u 'O'o crater floor, and strongest from a small cone on the NE edge during 8-13 February. A web camera recorded incandescence above the pali on 8 and during 12-14 February. The SE vent issued short lava flows on 14 February.
Active flows on the flow field about 6 km SE of Pu'u 'O'o and above the abandoned Royal Gardens subdivision, near the top of the pali.
Previous news
Saturday, Jan 21, 2012
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory today celebrates 100 continuous years of monitoring at Kīlauea volcano with a Public Open House -- only Vesuvius has a longer record, dating back to 1841! In fact the first scientific monitoring in Hawai'i was conducted in 1911 by Frank Perret, an Honorary Assistant to the Vesuvius Observatory, in preparation for Thomas Jaggar to establish HVO in 1912. They are hosting many activities today in celebration, if you are in the Kīlauea area! ... [more]
Tuesday, Jan 03, 2012
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! [more]

Saturday, Dec 10, 2011
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! [more]
`A`a lava flow on Kilauea, December 4, 2011.
Monday, Dec 05, 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. ... [more]
Fissure eruption seen from a distance.
Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011
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! [more]

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