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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)

Kilauea volcano (Hawai'i): summit crater lake grows, volcano remains calm

Tuesday Aug 27, 2019 18:57 PM | BY: T

The crater lake in Kilauea's Halema'uma'u crater (image: HVO / USGS)
The crater lake in Kilauea's Halema'uma'u crater (image: HVO / USGS)
The volcano continues to be calm at the surface with no sign of new volcanic activity in the short term.
However, some recent changes involve the formation of a slowly increasing hot, green crater lake inside Halema'uma'u summit crater. HVO reported that it had been growing over the past days, rising 10 cm in just two days, and now measuring approx. 20x30 m.
Measurements made found its surface to be a 70 deg C temperature. No significant degassing was observed from the lake itself, but new fumaroles formed a few meters away from the lake along a ground crack.
The temperatures of the escaping gasses at these fumaroles were moderately hot, at 200 deg C, suggesting that although magma is present in the reservoir, it is currently not very close to the surface. This also corresponds to other monitoring parameters showing that the volcano remains calm for the time being.
Previous news
Current scene at Fissure 8. Credit: USGS/HVO.
Saturday, Nov 10, 2018
It has now been 66 days since lava was last at the surface at Kilauea. That is the longest gap since the start of the eruption in 1983- there were 65 days between Episode 2 and 3- and the longest since the 4 months between the two 1982 eruptions. And with no signs of imminent renewal, it seems very likely that the current gap will reach the 90 day mark on December 5- which means the eruptive period that started in 1983 has come to end. When eruptive activity does eventually return, it will be an entirely new eruption. [more]
Saturday, Oct 06, 2018
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has lowered the Aviation Color Code and Alert Level for Kilauea to YELLOW/ADVISORY, stating that the likelihood of renewed eruptive activity in the near-future is unlikely. [more]
Crusted cone and channel of Fissure 8, primary vent of recent eruption. Steaming caused by rainfall. Credit: USGS.
Wednesday, Oct 03, 2018
Activity at Kilauea remains at very low levels, with no eruptions anywhere on the volcano, as has been the case since early September. ... [more]
Lava flow map as of yesterday (image: HVO / USGS)
Wednesday, Jul 25, 2018
As the eruption of lava from Fissure 8 continues with little changes, but rather an increase as observed last evening, lateral outbreaks from the lower parts of the lava channel have been feeding a broad flow front that is now advancing southwest and threatens to inundate the Pohoiki boat ramp in Isaac Hale Park. [more]

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