Volcano news & updates: Kilauea volcano (Big Island, Hawaii)
Kilauea volcano update: June 27th lava field dies out, new lava flow headed towards the ocean
Tue, 14 Jun 2016, 15:1215:12 PM | BY: T
Lava flow field of Kilauea as of 10 June 2016 (map: HVO)
The so-called "June 27th" lava flow field ceased to be active and the new flow field is now headed towards the ocean.
The new lava field advancing to the SE (HVO)
Now, all lava is now flowing into the new lava tube(s) feeding the new lava flow field that has been forming from the breakout points east of Pu'u 'O'o since 24 May. During the past days, it continued to spread and advanced southeast - towards the slope of the pali, i.e. in direction to the ocean.
On 10 June, the lava flow was 3.3 km (2.1 mi) long and advancing at an average rate of about 250 m/day (~275 yd/day). If the new lava field remains active long enough, it might well reach the ocean within the coming months.
As to the now dead June 27th flow field: it had been active a bit more than 2 years and produced an impressively long-loved and stable lava field spreading to the NE. It made headlines when it touched the outskirts of Pahoea village in late 2014 / early 2015, but the town and highway 106 were spared.
When the new breakouts formed high up on the tube (near the vent) on 24 May, the supply of magma into this long-lived system was effectively cut. The remaining activity of the June 27th field seen in the past two weeks, consisting of small, scattered movements on the margins were simply the last magma still in the tube downstream draining away.
Mon, 6 Jun 2016, 13:49
The two new lava flows from Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater which emerged as surface breakouts from the partially blocked old lava tube on 24 May continue to be active, but have only advanced a bit during the past days. ... read all
Tue, 31 May 2016, 16:47
The new surface lava flows from the two breakouts north and northeast of Pu'u 'O'o vent on the eastern rift zone remain active. They form broad, branching channels that have been gradually enlarging the two new pahoehoe lava flow fields NW/W and SE of the cone. ... read all
Tue, 31 May 2016, 16:28
Early in the morning of 24 May (at 06:50 local time), a sudden surge in lava supply caused the main lava tube carrying the lava underground away from Pu'u 'O'o to rupture. This resulted in two so-called surface lava breakouts located about 500 m N and NE from the cone, feeding two new large surface lava flows. ... read all
Wed, 9 Mar 2016, 12:58
No significant changes in the ongoing eruption of Kilauea have occurred since the last update. ... read all
Thu, 3 Mar 2016, 10:34
The activity of the volcano remains essentially unchanged. Rising magma levels under the east rift zone briefly caused an overflow of lava that erupted from a spatter cone within the southern part of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater. ... read all