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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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Kilauea volcano update: Violent summit explosion, ash to 30,000 ft altitude

Thursday May 17, 2018 18:00 PM | BY: T

A violent explosion - the largest since 1924 - occurred this morning at the Halema'uma'u crater at about 04:15 local time, sending an ash plume to 30,000 ft (9 km) altitude, i.e. generating an eruption column of 8 km height.
The ash plume drifted northeast. "Continued emissions from the crater are reaching as high as 12,000 ft asl.", HVO reports.
This is very likely the result of deep-seated water interaction with hot rocks and patches of magma in the drained conduit, as the observatory had been warning about since a few days when the alert level was raised to RED.
"At any time, activity may again become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent."
Previous news
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Short-lived eruption of a new fissure (#21?) northeast of Leilani, between fissures #16 and #20
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The eruption in the lower east rift zone continues with no significant changes. A new fissure has opened up probably during thge night between fissure #16 and #20 and erupted small amounts of lava with spattering during a few hours. ... [more]
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]

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