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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: Alert level raised to RED because of increased ash emissions and risk of explosions at summit

Wednesday May 16, 2018 00:06 AM | BY: T

For the first time in a long time, HVO raised the official alert level of the volcano to RED. The reason is that as the summit reservoir of magma continues to drain, rockfalls and infiltrating water can cause increasingly violent explosions.
The volcano observatory (HVO) issued the following notice:
"As of early this morning, eruption of ash from the Overlook vent within Halemaumau crater at Kilauea Volcano's summit has generally increased in intensity. Ash has been rising nearly continuously from the vent and drifting downwind to the southwest. Ashfall and vog (volcanic air pollution) has been reported in Pahala, about 18 miles downwind. NWS radar and pilot reports indicate the top of the ash cloud is as high as 10,000 to 12,000 feet above sea level, but this may be expected to vary depending on the vigor of activity and wind conditions.
Ash emission from the Kilauea summit vent will likely be variable with periods of increased and decreased intensity depending on the occurrence of rockfalls into the vent and other changes within the vent.
At any time, activity may become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent." (HVO / USGS)
Previous news
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)
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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). ... [more]
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]

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