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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, lava flow approaches coast

Tuesday May 15, 2018 23:44 PM | BY: T

At 2:30 p.m. HST, the flow front of Fissure 17 continues down slope. The barren, brown area to the right in the photograph is a lobe of the Kii Flow from the eruption of 1955. The Fissure 17 flow front is located approximately .7 miles makai of Highway 132 and is 1.4 miles mauka of Hwy 137. (image: HVO / USGS)
At 2:30 p.m. HST, the flow front of Fissure 17 continues down slope. The barren, brown area to the right in the photograph is a lobe of the Kii Flow from the eruption of 1955. The Fissure 17 flow front is located approximately .7 miles makai of Highway 132 and is 1.4 miles mauka of Hwy 137. (image: HVO / USGS)
Map of the eruptive fissures and lava flows as of 14 May (image: HVO / USGS)
Map of the eruptive fissures and lava flows as of 14 May (image: HVO / USGS)
Explosive activity at Halema'uma'u on 15 May (image: HVO / USGS)
Explosive activity at Halema'uma'u on 15 May (image: HVO / USGS)
The eruption keeps evolving. While at least 3 more fissures with lava emission have opened up (making a total of at least 20 so far), most activity seems to be occurring from fissure #17, which had started to erupt last Saturday (12 May) and seems to be the one located most downrift (NE direction).
Fissure #17 has been producing continuous, low lava fountains and is feeding a lava flow that has started to travel downslope southeast direction towards the coast.
Its most advanced front is currently only approximately 1.5-2 km away from the coast. Although HVO mentioned that its progress has slowed down significantly (something to be expected as the distance increases), a new lava sea entry in the coming days to weeks is becoming increasingly likely.

HVO reports "intermittent lava spattering at fissure 18" and small lava effusion from the newest fissure #20. "The 'a'ā flow spreading from fissure 17 advanced about 380 m (1,250 ft) since 2:30 p.m. HST yesterday. The advance of the flow has slowed significantly since yesterday afternoon. At 6:45 a.m. the flow was nearly 2.5 km (1.5 mi) in length."
"Volcanic gas emissions remain elevated throughout the area downwind of the fissures."
"Magma continues to be supplied to the lower East Rift Zone as indicated by the continued northwest displacement of a GPS monitoring station. Elevated earthquake activity continues, but earthquake locations have not moved farther downrift in the past couple of days."

Lava fountaining from fissure #18 on 14 May:



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Explosive activity (ash emissions, explosions) caused by the draining magma column at the summit is also increasing at the moment:
"Ash emission from the Overlook crater within Halemaumau has generally increased this morning (15 May) compared to previous days. Although varying in intensity, at times the plume contains enough ash to be gray in color.
The cloud is rising an estimated 3 to 4,000 feet above the ground, but altitudes are varying with pulses of emission. The ash cloud is drifting generally west and southwest from the Kilauea summit and ashfall is occurring in the Ka'u Desert. Communities downwind are likely to receive ashfall today and should take necessary precautions." (HVO / USGS)
Previous news
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Current webcam image of the Lower RIft Zone at Kilauea (image: HVO / USGS)
Monday, May 14, 2018
The eruption seems to pick up in activity. Activity at the most recent fissures 17 and 18, located at the northeast end of the active fissure system (downrift), has been continuous during the night. ... [more]
Monday, May 14, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Lava flow from fissure #17 yesterday at 14:00 local time (view is towards S from near Hwy 132) (image: HVO / USGS)
Monday, May 14, 2018
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. ... [more]

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