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Kilauea volcano
Shield volcano 1277 m (4,190 ft)
Hawai'i, 19.41°N / -155.29°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 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 (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)

Kīlauea volcano (Hawai'i) activity update: active lava lake in Halema'uma'u crater, active lava flows in coastal plain

Thu, 12 Apr 2012, 10:05
10:05 AM | BY: T
During 4-10 April HVO reported that the circulating lava lake periodically rose and fell in the deep pit within Kilauea's Halema'uma'u Crater. Almost daily measurements indicated that the gas plume from the vent continued to deposit variable amounts of ash, and occasionally fresh spatter, nearby.
Incandescence was visible from both a lava pond in a small pit on the E edge and a small spatter cone on the SE edge of the Pu'u 'O'o crater floor, and on the upper part of the lava-tube system on the E flank.
Lava flows continued to advance down the pali and across the coastal plain, reaching about 1.6 km from the coast. During 6-9 April a small lava flow issued three times from a vent on the SE edge of the Pu'u 'O'o crater floor. The first two flows advanced N almost the entire width of the floor.
(Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report)
Previous news
Sat, 17 Mar 2012, 18:27
As expected, activity is increasing at the lava flow-front as renewed pressure propagates along the magmatic system, even as further (apparently smaller) pressure variations occur. Stay tuned for more pictures and detailed updates as our tour schedule and the eruption allows! ... read all
Fri, 16 Mar 2012, 20:19
Sluggish lava flows are still filling the base of the pali, with renewed pressure and increase activity expected in the next 24 hrs. ... read all
Mon, 12 Mar 2012, 22:49
Lava flows have advanced 0.6mi/1km from the base of the pali over the past 6 days but are still 1.4mi/2km from the ocean. Lower pressure in the volcano may cause a temporary slowdown in coming days. ... read all
Sun, 11 Mar 2012, 12:19
After the eastern lava flow branch referred to in our previous post, first to reach the coastal plain in 2012, almost entirely stalled, the western flow branch has also reached the coastal plain this week, still about 2mi/3km away from the ocean. This western branch is feeding inflating pahoehoe lava flows at the base of the pali, which should continue for several days to fill in a low spot. However, this flow branch looks to have enough momentum to start travelling across the plain towards the ocean, though only time will tell! Check out our best pictures from this activity last night! ... read all
Sun, 4 Mar 2012, 00:03
Pahoehoe lava flows run down the final slope onto Kīlauea's coastal plain on March 2, 2012.
An eastern lava flow branch from the Peace Day Fissure has reached the plains west of Kalapana, making for spectacular views at sunset -- see our timelapse video linked below! ... read all

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