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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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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: New fissures with brief lava emission

Wednesday May 09, 2018 07:06 AM | BY: T

Activity of fissure #13 yesterday afternoon (image: HVO / USGS)
Activity of fissure #13 yesterday afternoon (image: HVO / USGS)
Preliminary map of the new fissures #13 and #14 (image: HVO / USGS)
Preliminary map of the new fissures #13 and #14 (image: HVO / USGS)
Plot of earthquake depth vs time for 1 week (image: HVO / USGS)
Plot of earthquake depth vs time for 1 week (image: HVO / USGS)
During the afternoon, two more fissures opened along the lineament of the previous fissures in the Leilani Estates and erupted briefly. Fissure #13 erupted at 14:47 local time across Leilani Street near the intersection with Pohoiki Road and rem,ained active until about 17:00.
The fissure #14, located a bit to the SW, had apparently a similar activity.
Earthquakes continue, but have been decreasing in numbers and size over the past days.
Previous news
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
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. ... [more]
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]

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