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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for August 30, 2018

At Kīlauea’s lower East Rift Zone, no incandescence was visible in the fissure 8 cone and no lava was entering the ocean as of August 30, 2018.

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Volcano Watch: Scientific community lends a hand to measure Kīlauea’s changing shape

The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has an extensive network of instruments that helps us monitor how the ground deforms due to magma moving underground.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for August 23, 2018

Activity on Kīlauea’s lower East Rift Zone and at the summit of the volcano remains greatly diminished as of August 23.

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Volcano Watch: Voggy skies from days gone by – Reviewing Kīlauea Volcano’s gas release

Vog watchers may have noticed significant changes in air quality on the island since early May 2018, when Kīlauea’s extraordinary lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) eruption began. Revisiting how much SO2 has been released from Kīlauea over the past decades helps us understand the island’s current vog situation.

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Impassable earthquake damaged Crater Rim Drive past Keanakakoi. NPS Photo

Talk-story sessions being held to discuss the future of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Most of the park, except the Kahuku Unit, has been closed due to increased volcanic and seismic activity since May 11. Saturday, August 18 marks the 100th day of the closure.

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Photo taken Wednesday, August 15, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Kilauea Eruption: Volcano still fairly quiet, Civil Defense discontinues daily updates

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that activity on the lower east rift zone of Kilauea Volcano has diminished and remained quiet for over a week. The only surface activity is a small, crusted lava pond inside the fissure 8 cone, and a few areas along the coast where lava is entering the ocean. Sulfur dioxide […]

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Thermal image of the Pahoa-Kalapana Road (Route 130) at mile-marker 14.5 where metal plates cover steaming cracks on the roadway. The temperatures are relative to ambient temperature in the area so you must look at the temperature readings and not just the colors/shades alone. Images captured August 10, 2018 courtesy of the County of Hawaii

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for August 16, 2018

Activity on Kīlauea’s lower East Rift Zone and at the summit of the volcano remained greatly diminished this past week.

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Volcano Watch: Submarine Kīlauea also impacted by recent events on the volcano

A group of scientists from Western Washington University, Rice University, and the University of Rhode Island deployed 12 ocean bottom seismometers on the submarine Kīlauea south flank in July.

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Map as of 12:00 p.m. HST, August 14, 2018. The lull in eruptive activity on Kīlauea's lower East Rift Zone continues. Lava flows have not expanded since August 9. The fissure 8 cone still hosts a small pond of lava, but no new lava has entered the existing channel in over a week. Lava may intermittently enter the ocean between the Kapoho Bay and Isaac Hale Beach Park areas until residual lava contained within the existing flow is depleted. Given the dynamic nature of Kīlauea's eruption, map details shown here are accurate as of the date/time noted. Shaded purple areas indicate lava flows erupted in 1840, 1955, 1960, and 2014-2015. A NEW MAP WILL NOT BE ISSUED until the current conditions change.

Kilauea Eruption: Fissure 8 crusted over, lava flows have not expanded since August 9

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that eruptive activity remains at reduced levels at Kilauea Summit and the lower east rift zone. Seismic activity at the summit continues to be low with few earthquakes. The lava pond in fissure 8 cone is mostly crusted over. Fissure 8, along with other fissures, continues to release gas. Lava […]

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Ocean entries were small and scattered this morning, but lava had made no significant advance toward Isaac Hale Beach Park. The Pohoiki boat ramp remains intact, but access from it to the open bay has been cut off by a sand bar that extends from the jetty to the shore. As molten lava streams into the ocean, it shatters into small glassy fragments, forming black sand that's transported along the coast by longshore currents. Photo taken Monday, August 13, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Kilauea Eruption: Fissure 8 lava pond is crusted over, fumes continue to be released

Although a lull in activity continues, it is common for eruptions to go through periods of diminished output, or to pause completely, only to reactivate days or weeks later, or longer. Volcanic activity could occur at any time. Residents should remain informed and heed Hawaii County Civil Defense messages and warnings.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for August 9, 2018

Lower East Rift Zone activity was limited to a small pond of lava deep within the fissure 8 cone and small streams of lava entering the ocean near Isaac Hale Beach Park and at Kapoho Bay.

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Volcano Watch: Is Kīlauea Volcano’s summit and rift zone activity pau or paused?

Since the morning of August 4, 2018, activity at Kīlauea Volcano’s summit and its lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) has diminished dramatically—and the slowdown continues.

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Clear weather this afternoon afforded a stunning view of Kīlauea's summit, which has been "quiet" since August 4, with no significant subsidence or collapses. The flat ledge shown here (center) is part of the former Halema‘uma‘u crater floor, which dropped precipitously between mid-May and early August. Photo taken Thursday, August 9, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Kilauea Eruption: Activity is minimal and mostly confined to Fissure 8

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that eruptive activity remains minimal at Kilauea Summit and at the lower east rift zone from fissure 8. Seismic activity at the summit is low with few earthquakes. Field crews report a lava pond remains confined to fissure 8. HVO continues to monitor Kilauea for possible signs of reactivation.

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Kilauea Eruption: Minimal volcanic activity at Fissure 8 and Kilauea summit

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that eruptive activity remains minimal at Kilauea Summit and at the lower east rift zone from fissure 8. Seismic activity at the summit is low with few earthquakes. Field crews overnight report a lava pond confined to fissure 8. HVO continues to monitor Kilauea for possible signs of reactivation.

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