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Kilauea volcano
Shield volcano 1277 m (4,190 ft)
Hawai'i, 19.41°N / -155.29°W
Current status: restless (2 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 (ongoing, 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: Eruption on lower east rift zone pauses

Tuesday May 08, 2018 21:55 PM | BY: T

The eruption on the lower east rift zone has paused this morning, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) reports, but it is likely to resume in a near future.
No lava was being erupted this morning. "As of 7:00 am (8 May local time), the eruption ... has paused. Strong emission of gas continues from the fissure system that is now about 2.5 miles long. This pause is likely temporary and resumption of lava emission or additional fissure outbreaks are possible at any time." (HVO)

The summit area of the volcano continues to deflate and the lava lake inside the Halema'uma'u crater continues to drop, while elevated sulfur dioxide emission rates persist at the summit. Rockfalls into the exposed crater previously containing the lava lake cause intermittent ash plumes.
Earthquake activity remains high, following Friday's magnitude-6.9 earthquake and the strong internal pressure changes due to internal magma migration into the rift zone.
At Pu'u 'O'o, collapses continue to occur into the collapsed crater, and no lava is present at the cone any more at the moment.
Previous news
At 10:00 a.m. HST, steam rose from fissure 9 on Moku Street in the Leilani Estates Subdivision. HVO scientists on the scene reported hearing rumbling noises in the area. (image: HVO/USGS)
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
Eruption of lava and gas continues at a low level along Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone within the Leilani Estates subdivision. USGS reports that on Monday 7 May 2 new fissures opened up and temporarily erupted lava, making a total of 12 fissure segments that broke ground and were active since the start of the eruption in the Leilani Estates. The longest lava flow thereby advanced about 0.9 km (0.6 miles) northward from fissure 8 before stopping. Large cracks have now also appeared on Highway 130 west of the eruption site and they continue to widen (up to 7 – 8 cm by now) and expel volcanic gasses and steam. Rates of seismicity and deformation changed little throughout the day and gas emissions likely remain elevated in the vicinity of fissures. ... [more]
A lava flow moves on Makamae Street in Leilani Estates at 09:32 am HST on May 6. (image: HVO / USGS)
Monday, May 07, 2018
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. ... [more]
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]

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