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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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Kilauea volcano update: Eruption continues, slowly propagates downrift

Thursday May 10, 2018 05:34 AM | BY: T

At 13:00 p.m. HST. Aerial view from the Hawaii County Fire Department of fissure 15. The fissure cut across Pohoiki Road. (image: HVO / USGS)
At 13:00 p.m. HST. Aerial view from the Hawaii County Fire Department of fissure 15. The fissure cut across Pohoiki Road. (image: HVO / USGS)
Severe ground cracks associated with fissure 14 in Leilani Estates. (image: HVO / USGS)
Severe ground cracks associated with fissure 14 in Leilani Estates. (image: HVO / USGS)
Map of the east rift zone and the location of eruptive fissures as of 9 May
Map of the east rift zone and the location of eruptive fissures as of 9 May
The intermittent lower east rift zone eruption in the Leilani Estates continues. New fissures and areas of ground steaming have appeared, enlarging the affected area both down- (towards NE) and uprift (SW direction), showing that the intrusion of magma continues.
In its latest statement, HVO described that the "visible activity yesterday early afternoon was again focused on the northeast portion of the fissure area", which is now about 5 km long across the southern portion of Leilani Estates. "Fissure 15 broke ground across Poihiki Road, generating a pahoehoe flow about 20 m (66 ft) long. During an overflight of the area about 3 p.m. HST, geologists observed a new steaming area uprift (west) of Highway 130. During a second overflight at 4:30 p.m., the area was still steaming."
Signs are that magma might further propagate downrift: HVO writes that "rates of motion increased late this morning on a GPS station 1.5 km (1 mile) southeast of Nanawale Estates. The direction of motion is consistent with renewed movement of magma in the downrift direction (to the northeast)."
"Rates of seismicity changed little throughout the day; located earthquakes were mostly uprift (west) of Highway 130. Gas emissions remain elevated in the vicinity of fissures."
Previous news
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Activity of fissure #13 yesterday afternoon (image: HVO / USGS)
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
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. ... [more]
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]

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