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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for November 10, 2016

November 10, 2016 Voggy Lava Flow from Mick Kalber on Vimeo.

Video courtesy of Tropical Visions Video with air transportation by Paradise Helicopters.


Time-lapse movie of Halemaumau Overlook Vent. November 3-10, 2016. Images courtesy of USGS/HVO


Time-lapse thermal image movie of Halemaumau Overlook Vent. November 3-10, 2016. Images courtesy of USGS/HVO


Time-lapse movie of Halemaʻumaʻu Overlook Vent from Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. November 3-10, 2016. Images courtesy of USGS/HVO


Time-lapse movie of Kīlauea Caldera from Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. November 3-10, 2016. Images courtesy of USGS/HVO


Time-lapse movie of Halemaumau Crater looking Southwest. November 3-10, 2016. Images courtesy of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

(Activity updates are written by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.)

Kīlauea continues to erupt at its summit and East Rift Zone. This past week, the summit lava lake level varied from about 19 m (62 ft) to about 4 m (13 ft) below the vent rim. The 61g lava flow continued to enter the ocean near Kamokuna, and does not pose an immediate threat to nearby communities.

Mauna Loa is not erupting. During the past week, earthquakes occurred primarily at the summit and upper Southwest Rift Zone at depths less than 5 km (3 mi), with several others occurring at depths greater than 40 km (25 mi). Additional earthquakes occurred in the Kaʻōiki area of the east flank between Kīlauea and Mauna Loa mostly in in 5–11 km (3–7 mile) depth range. Deformation related to inflation of a magma reservoir beneath the summit and upper Southwest Rift Zone continued, with inflation occurring mainly in the southwestern part of the magma storage complex.

Two earthquakes were reported felt on the Island of Hawaiʻi this past week. On November 4, 2016, at 5:48 a.m., HST, a magnitude-3.5 earthquake occurred 10.2 km (6.4 mi) east of Hōnaunau at a depth of 11.9 km (7.4 mi). On November 5, 2016, at 7:24 a.m., HST, a magnitude-2.7 earthquake occurred 11.4 km (7.1 mi) northwest of Kailua at a depth of 7.2 km (4.5 mi).

Please visit the HVO website (hvo.wr.usgs.gov) for past Volcano Watch articles, Kīlauea daily eruption updates, Mauna Loa weekly updates, volcano photos, recent earthquakes info, and more; call for summary updates at 808-967-8862 (Kīlauea) or 808-967-8866 (Mauna Loa); email questions to askHVO@usgs.gov.


Time-lapse image movie from a research camera positioned on Holei Pali, looking east towards Lava Flow 61G and Kalapana. November 3-10, 2016. Images courtesy of USGS/HVO

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