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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: High lava lake level, continuing ocean entry

Saturday Nov 05, 2016 19:01 PM | BY: T

Kilauea's summit lava lake seen yesterday; the black areas inside Halema'uma'u are the recent lava overflows in mid Oct  (image: HVO)
Kilauea's summit lava lake seen yesterday; the black areas inside Halema'uma'u are the recent lava overflows in mid Oct (image: HVO)
Aerial view of Puu Oo with the small pit crater in the western part of the crater (image: HVO)
Aerial view of Puu Oo with the small pit crater in the western part of the crater (image: HVO)
Current lava flow field (image: HVO)
Current lava flow field (image: HVO)
No significant changes have occurred over the past weeks. Currently, the summit lava lake inside Halema'uma'u crater stands relatively high at 12 m below the floor of the main crater and is clearly visible from the Jagger museum viewpoint.
Magma continues to arrive into the eastern rift zone as well: at Pu'u 'O'o crater, it keeps the small lava pond in the western pit crater active and feeds the 61g lava flow. The latter is almost entirely inside lava tubes (i.e. underground) and reaches the ocean at the eastern Kamokuna sea entry. The lava delta continues to grow, but has developed significant cracks recently, suggesting parts of it might collapse soon. The western entry has in the meantime stopped.
Previous news
Small overflow of Kilauea's summit lava lake on 15 Oct 2016 (image: HVO)
Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016
No significant changes have occurred at the volcano recently. The level of the summit lava lake rises and falls more or less along with the inflation-deflation cycles. On Saturday (15 Oct), the lava lake overflowed twice onto the Halema'uma'u crater floor before dropping again. ... [more]

Thursday, Sep 29, 2016
Our recent expedition to Kilauea in mid Sep 2016 coincided with exceptionally high levels of volcanic activity as the period was dominated by inflation at the summit, bringing the lava lake into view from the lookout, and high effusion rates at the lava ocean entry of Kamokuna. Impressions from the activity can be found grouped in various galleries. [more]
New image galleries from Kilauea volcano, Hawaii
Thursday, Sep 29, 2016
The activity at the volcano continues with no significant changes. The recent trend of deflation is still ongoing and the lava lake in the summit crater has dropped significantly (yesterday: 24 m below the rim) and is no longer in direct view from the Jagger Museum lookout. ... [more]
Lava flow entering the sea last week
Friday, Sep 23, 2016
The eruption continues with no significant changes. A sharp deflation since yesterday resulted in the Halema'uma'u lava lake drop by 14 meters in a single day. It is currently no longer visible from the Jagger museum overlook. ... [more]

Friday, Sep 23, 2016
Impressions from the Kamokuna lava sea entries on a morning boat tour on 11 Sep, taking during the recent pilot Kilauea Volcano Special tour. [more]

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