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Shield volcano 1277 m (4,190 ft)
Hawai'i, 19.43°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 (ongoing, incl. 1986, 1992, 1997, 2007, 2011 (3x)), 2018 (lower east rift zone in Leilani subdivision)
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Volcano news & updates: Kilauea volcano (Big Island, Hawaii)

Kilauea volcano update: Eruption continues, new fissures open

Monday May 14, 2018 08:01 AM | BY: T

Lava flow from fissure #17 yesterday at 14:00 local time (view is towards S from near Hwy 132) (image: HVO / USGS)
Lava flow from fissure #17 yesterday at 14:00 local time (view is towards S from near Hwy 132) (image: HVO / USGS)
Kīlauea Lower East Rift Zone Fissures, May 13 at 9:00 a.m. HST
Kīlauea Lower East Rift Zone Fissures, May 13 at 9:00 a.m. HST
Lava continues to be erupted from the latest fissures that opened up during the past 48 hours, labeled #17 and #18, and there are signs that the eruption is still developing and might continue (and potentially increase) for a while.
"As of late May 13 local time (this morning GMT)", HVO reported,"activity was dominated by lava fountaining, explosion of spatter bombs hundreds of feet into the air, and several advancing lava flow lobes moving generally northeast from fissure 17 at the downrift (northeast) end of the new fissure system."
"As of about 19:00, one lobe was 2 yards thick and advancing roughly parallel to Highway 132. The flow front was just over a half mile southeast of the intersection of Highway 132 and Noni Farms Road."
"Based on overflight images late this afternoon, additional lava from fissure 17 was also moving slowly southeast. Volcanic gas emissions remain elevated." (HVO / USGS)
Previous news
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
aerial view of fissure 16, located about 1.3 km (0.8 miles) northeast of fissure 15 (top left). The fissure is located 500 m northeast of the Puna Geothermal Venture site (top right). Photograph courtesy of Hawai`i County Fire Department. (via HVO / USGS)
Sunday, May 13, 2018
After a pause of 3 days with no lava emission, two new fissures (#16 and #17) started to erupt yesterday. ... [more]
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Friday, May 11, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Ash column rises from the Overlook crater at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano. HVO's interpretation is that the explosion was triggered by a rockfall from the steep walls of Overlook crater. The photograph was taken at 8:29 a.m. HST from the Jaggar Museum overlook. The explosion was short-lived. Geologists examining the ash deposits on the rim of Halema‘uma‘u crater found fresh lava fragments hurled from the lava lake. This explosion was not caused by the interaction of the lava lake with the water table. When the ash cleared from the crater about an hour after the explosion, geologists were able to observe the lava lake surface, which is still above the water table. (image: HVO / USGS)
Thursday, May 10, 2018
The summit lava lake inside Halema'uma'u crater continues to drop and the summit continues to deflate. As of yesterday evening, the lava lake's surface was 295 m (970 ft) below the floor of the crater, leaving a deep funnel. Lava is no longer visible on the webcam images. ... [more]

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