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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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Kilauea volcano update: Eruption continues, increasing concern around summit area

Friday May 18, 2018 07:17 AM | BY: T

View of the eruption plume early yesterday morning nearly an hour after the event started. This image is from the webcam located on the north rim of Moku‘āweoweo Caldera near the summit of Mauna Loa Volcano. (image: HVO / USGS)
View of the eruption plume early yesterday morning nearly an hour after the event started. This image is from the webcam located on the north rim of Moku‘āweoweo Caldera near the summit of Mauna Loa Volcano. (image: HVO / USGS)
View of erupting fissure #21 in the afternoon of 17 May (image: HVO / USGS)
View of erupting fissure #21 in the afternoon of 17 May (image: HVO / USGS)
Continuing erupting fissure #17, the most productive so far. the spattering height and intensity at Fissure 17 seemed to have intensified slightly from yesterday, but the length of active spattering in the fissure is shorter. The overall vigor of Fissure 17 appears to have dropped over the past two days, accompanying a stalling of the Fissure 17 flow front. (image: HVO / USGS),
Continuing erupting fissure #17, the most productive so far. the spattering height and intensity at Fissure 17 seemed to have intensified slightly from yesterday, but the length of active spattering in the fissure is shorter. The overall vigor of Fissure 17 appears to have dropped over the past two days, accompanying a stalling of the Fissure 17 flow front. (image: HVO / USGS),
Aerial view of ground cracks on Pohoiki Road yesterday morning (17 May; image: HVO / USGS)
Aerial view of ground cracks on Pohoiki Road yesterday morning (17 May; image: HVO / USGS)
After the explosive eruption yesterday early morning, no other bigger explosions have occurred, but seismic levels have been gradually increasing. Several cracks have appeared on Hwy 11 in the summit area.
In the lower east rift zone, the eruption continues with no significant changes: As of yesterday afternoon local time (this morning GMT), "fissure 17 is still actively spattering but the flow is nearly stalled.
In addition, fissures 18, 19, and 20 have reactivated and a new fissure (21) has opened between fissures 7 and 3. An area 50-100 yards wide, parallel to and north of the line of fissures between Highway 130 and Lanipuna Gardens, has dropped slightly. This long depression is currently being filled by pahoehoe lava flows from fissures 20 and 21."
Fissure (#21) had opened earlier between fissures #3 and #7 in the Leilani Estates and was erupting lava fountains and a lava flow.
"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." (HVO / USGS)
Previous news
Thursday, May 17, 2018
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. ... [more]
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]

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