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Kilauea volcano update: Rift-zone eruption continues, but decreases a bit

Monday May 07, 2018 09:17 AM | BY: T

A lava flow moves on Makamae Street in Leilani Estates at 09:32 am HST on May 6. (image: HVO / USGS)
A lava flow moves on Makamae Street in Leilani Estates at 09:32 am HST on May 6. (image: HVO / USGS)
The summit lava lake has dropped significantly over the past few days, and was roughly 220 m below the crater rim (image taken evening of 6 May). This very wide angle camera view captures the entire north portion of the Overlook crater. (image: HVO / USGS)
The summit lava lake has dropped significantly over the past few days, and was roughly 220 m below the crater rim (image taken evening of 6 May). This very wide angle camera view captures the entire north portion of the Overlook crater. (image: HVO / USGS)
The intermittent eruption of lava from several small fissures in the Leilani Estates continues: yesterday, Fissure 8 erupted lava fountains until about 16:00 local time, and generated an a'a lava flow that advanced slowly northward through the afternoon, even after the lava fountains shut down, HVO reported.
In the early evening the flow had crossed Ho'okopu Road, a distance from fissure 8 of about about 1.1 km (0.6 miles). New ground cracks were discovered in the vicinity of fissures 8 and 9. These were emitting thick steam and gases, but no lava spattering was observed by the time of HVO's latest status report this morning (9pm local time yesterday).
According to HVO, "rates of seismicity and deformation decreased in the past day. The absence of additional deformation in the past day suggests a pause in magma acculumation in the distal part of the intrusion."

"Kīlauea Volcano Summit
Tiltmeters at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano continue to record the deflationary trend of the past several days. Corresponding to this deflationary trend, the summit lava lake level in Overlook crater dropped about 2 m (6.5 ft) per hour during the day. The lake level has dropped an estimated 220 m (722 ft) since the collapse of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater on April 30. Rockfalls from the steep crater walls into the retreating lake continue to produce ashy plumes above Halema'uma'u crater. Rockfalls and ashy plumes are expected to continue as the lake level drops.

Earthquake activity in the summit remains at elevated levels. In the past 24 hours, about 31 magnitude-2 earthquakes occurred at depths less than 5 km (3 miles) beneath the summit area (compared to the 24-hour period when 152 magnitude-2 and magnitude-3 earthquakes. These earthquakes are related to the ongoing subsidence of the summit area and earthquakes beneath the south flank of the volcano." (HVO / USGS)
Previous news
The subsiding lava lake this afternoon - the lava is drained away into the intrusion of the rift zone (image: HVO webcam)
Sunday, May 06, 2018
The eruption in the Leilani Estates in the lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano continues. HVO reported that fissure 7 stopped erupting in mid-afternoon yesterday, while a new fissure erupted this evening near fissures 2 and 7, and produced lava fountains up to 70 m tall. ... [more]
Lava fountaining from the fissure that opened last night (image: HVO / USGS)
Sunday, May 06, 2018
The eruption seems to be increasing in intensity. HVO published an image showing a new fissure (the 8th?) which started last night at around 20:44 local time near fissures 2 and 7. By 21:00, it erupted already lava fountains as high as about 70 m (230 ft): [more]
At 07:45 a.m. HST on Sat 5 May 2018, lava from fissure 7 slowly advanced to the northeast on Hookapu Street in Leilani Estates subdivision on Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone. (image: HVO / USGS)
Sunday, May 06, 2018
The (so-far) weak eruption of lava and gas from several fissures in the Leilani Estates subdivision continues. As of last evening, at least 7 fissures were active, but so far only erupted relatively small amounts of lava. ... [more]
Saturday, May 05, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Fissure 3 opened around 6:00 a.m. HST on Friday, May 4, with weak fuming from a crack on Kaupili Street. This fuming increased, as did rumbling sounds. Eventually spatter was ejected and accumulated around the fissure. Large, loud bubble bursts were common at this fissure. (image: HVO / USGS)
Saturday, May 05, 2018
The new rift eruption in the Leilani Estates subdivision in the lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano continues: as of Friday afternoon local time, at least 6 fissures have opened up in the area, each several hundred meters long. ... [more]

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