Current Kilauea Volcano Eruption Update 
  Current Eruption Status, Information, and Photos of
Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

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 Current Lava  Updates:

October 21, 2013 — Kīlauea


Lava flows at forest boundary northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō

Left: Pāhoehoe lava on the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow invades the forest northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, burning and toppling trees and creating plumes of smoke. Right: A wider view of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow margin at the forest boundary.
This thermal image looks southwest towards the vent on Puʻu ʻŌʻō, and shows much of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow. Hotter colors (yellow and white) represent active breakouts, while warm colors (red and purple) show recently active portions of the flow. The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow consists of numerous scattered breakouts of pāhoehoe lava, with a narrow finger of lava forming the flow front. The flow front today was 5.8 km (3.6 miles) northeast of the vent on Puʻu ʻŌʻō.
Left: A close-up view of one of the many breakouts of pāhoehoe on the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow. Right: An HVO geologist shields his face from the intense heat as he takes a sample of active lava on the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow. The chemistry of the lava is analyzed through time and used to study changes in the magmatic system.

September 19, 2013 — Kīlauea


Kahaualeʻa 2 source vent and Puʻu ʻŌʻō

Left: The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow is fed from a spatter cone, shown here, on the northeast edge of Puʻu ʻŌʻō's crater floor. The spatter cone is about 8 m (26 ft) high. Right: The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow extends to the north and northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. From the edge of the flow, where it first reaches the forest, Puʻu ʻŌʻō still appears to tower above the surrounding plain.

Views of Kahaualeʻa 2 flow

Left: Active breakouts on the Kahaualeʻa 2 are scattered over a broad area. Here, a breakout near the edge of the forest engulfs trees and burns dead foliage. Right: This beautiful bubble of glass, about the size of an small orange, adorns the surface of a breakout on the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow. Note the delicate bubble walls stretched so thin that they grade from the color of honey to transparent.

Halemaʻumaʻu lava lake

The lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu has fallen slightly over the past few weeks. It is now about 55 m (180 ft) below the surrounding crater floor.

August 27, 2013 — Kīlauea


Halemaʻumaʻu and HVO

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Jaggar Museum are located near the summit of Kīlauea and are visible atop the cliff to the right. They are about 2 km (1.25 miles) north-northwest of the lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu, fuming (but not directly visible) at the left edge of the photo.

Puʻu ʻŌʻō and northeast spatter cone

Left: Early morning view of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, looking toward the southwest. The fume rising from the bottom of the photo marks the trace of the lava tube carrying lava to the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow front. Right: The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow is fed from a spatter cone on the northeast edge of Puʻu ʻŌʻō’s crater. Today, this spatter cone, which is about 6 m (20 ft) tall, was weakly spattering from it top.

August 23, 2013 — Kīlauea


Small explosion at Halemaʻumaʻu

Left: At 9:48 PM on Friday, August 23, a collapse of a piece of the wall above the lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu triggered a small explosion. The explosion bombarded the rim of Halemaʻumaʻu around the old visitor overlook with molten gobs of spatter as big as dinner plates. Dense lithic fragments from the collapsed wall, and at least as large as a baseball, were also thrown back out of the vent and onto the rim. These images were recorded by a webcam positioned on the rim of Halemaʻumaʻu, about 120 m (395 ft) above the lake surface. The smaller time-stamp at the upper left corner is the correct acquisition time (the larger time-stamp is based on the camera clock, which drifts over time). Right:

August 16, 2013 — Kīlauea


Ocean entry near Kupapaʻu Point hangs on

Left: The ocean entry east of the National Park boundary near Kupapaʻu Point remains weak, with a wispy plume, as seen in this photo looking southwest along the coast. Right: The main entry point of the Kupapaʻu ocean entry comprises a few small streams of lava, seen here cascading into the water.

Rain, steam, smoke, and lava

The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow continues to invade the forest line north of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Poor weather prevented good views but made for an eerie scene.

Lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu at a relatively high level

The lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu was 35 m (115 ft) below the floor of the crater this morning. The lake is about 220 m (720 ft) long and 160 m (525 ft) wide.
Left: A thin gas plume permitted a decent view of the south wall of the pit holding the lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu. This wall is overhung by up to 15 m. Today the lava lake was not spattering at its usual point near the left side of the lake in this view. Right: Instead, the lava lake was spattering at points on the west and northwest side of the lake. This photo shows the spattering on the lake's northwest side. The pit wall to the right overhangs the lake by about 10 m (33 ft). If the lake continues to rise, pieces of this overhang may collapse (note the cracks at lower right marking planes of weakness).

August 9, 2013 — Kīlauea


Satellite view of activity at summit and east rift zone

This image was captured on Friday, August 9, by the Advanced Land Imager sensor aboard NASA's Earth Observing 1 satellite, and shows Kīlauea volcano from the summit down the east rift zone. Although this is a false-color image, the color map has been chosen to mimic what the human eye would expect to see. Bright red pixels depict areas of very high temperatures, and show active lava. Two areas are active on Kīlauea. At the summit, a circulating lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu crater produces the bright pixels at the left edge of the image. Along the east rift zone, the ongoing Puʻu ʻŌʻō eruption is now feeding two lava flows. The Peace Day flow has active surface flows on the coastal plain and an active ocean entry, just west of Kalapana village, while the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow is active at the forest boundary north of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Satellite images such as this help fill in observational gaps between field visits.

August 8, 2013 — Kīlauea


Kupapaʻu Point ocean entry weak, but still active

Using a telephoto camera lens, an HVO scientist captured this view of the Kupapaʻu Point ocean entry on the morning of August 7. Although no lava flow activity was observed on the coastal plain near the ocean entry, small streams of lava still poured into the sea.
Zooming his camera in even more.... An up-close view of the easternmost lava streams entering the ocean. Reminder to all lava observers: Peering through a telephoto lens is the safest way to view Kīlauea Volcano's ocean entry.

July 19, 2013 — Kīlauea


Ocean entry at Kupapaʻu Point is still active

The ocean entry at Kupapaʻu Point remains active, with several lava steams entering the water creating a moderate plume.
Several birds take a closer view of the ocean entry. Narrow streams of lava were battered by the surf as they poured into the water.

June 27, 2013 — Kīlauea


Kahaualeʻa 2 flow still expanding north of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, ocean entries remain active

The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow remains active north of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, and has expanded a very minor amount into the forest, burning trees. The flow, which consists of slowly moving pāhoehoe, has widened but advanced little over the past two weeks.
Left: A wider view of a portion of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow margin at the forest boundary. Right: The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow, which is active north of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, is fed from a vent at this cone on the northeast rim of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater. Small openings at the top of the cone contain sloshing lava, and two skylights at the very start of the Kahaualeʻa 2 lava tube provided views of a swiftly moving lava stream rushing downslope.
This thermal image shows the eastern ocean entry at Kupapaʻu Point. Just inland from the entry point a patch of slightly warmer temperatures indicates an area of recent small breakouts. Inland from this warm patch you can see a narrow line of elevated temperatures that traces the path of the lava tube beneath the surface that is supplying lava to this ocean entry. Two plumes of high temperature water spread out from the entry point.

June 11, 2013 — Kīlauea


Lava flows near Puʻu ʻŌʻō and on coastal plain; ocean entry continues

Two ocean entry points remain active near Kupapaʻu Point, near the boundary of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The eastern entry has produced a larger plume than that at the western entry, which tends to be weak and wispy. Today several small breakouts were active just inland of the eastern entry point, creating a narrow cascade of lava pouring down the sea cliff.
Left: This photo looks south towards Puʻu ʻŌʻō, where a vent is supplying lava to the Kahaualeʻa II flow, north of the cone. This slow-moving flow has reached the forest line, producing small scattered brush fires. Right: A close-up of the Kahaualeʻa II flow burning vegetation at the forest line, just north of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. The flow consists of numerous slow-moving pāhoehoe lobes.
The summit eruption in Halemaʻumaʻu crater remains active. The lava lake is within the Overlook crater (the source of the gas plume), which is in the southeast portion of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater.

 

Eruption-viewing opportunities change constantly, so refer to this page often. Those readers planning a visit to Kilauea or Mauna Loa volcanoes can get much useful information from Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.

 

Visitors are allowed entry to the viewing area every day from 2 p.m., with the last vehicles admitted at 8:00 p.m. This will allow officials to ensure that everybody is out of the area by 10 p.m.

 The viewing area is closed between 10 pm and 2 pm.  This schedule is subject to change; hazardous conditions may require changes to the schedule or closure.
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Hawai`i County Civil Defense has set up a new telephone hotline to provide daily updates on viewing at the Kalapana Safe Viewing site.  The lava hotline phone number is 961-8093, which lets you know the lava viewing hours for the day ahead.  The lava hotline automated message is updated every day at 10 a.m.

The Kalapana Safe Viewing program at the volcanic eruption site is a wonderful natural attraction, and the County Civil Defense Agency wants all visitors to enjoy the experience in safety and comfort.  With that in mind, we encourage visitors to prepare not only for sunny days at the lava viewing sight but also for rain.  Please note that there are no shelters at the site in case of rain.

For your comfort and convenience, please prepare for rain keeping in mind any trip hazard:

·        An umbrella and/or

·        Windbreaker or raincoat

Visitors are also strongly advised to take the following gear for both safety and comfort:

·        Bottled water (2-3 quarts or liters per person)

·        Sturdy closed boots or shoes and socks

·        Flashlight (1 per person) and fresh batteries

·        Long pants

·        Sun hat and sunscreen

·        Binoculars (optional)

 

Visitors are reminded to obey all the warning signs and stay within the allowed areas to ensure their safety. The newly formed lava and black sand beach are extremely unstable, and can collapse into the ocean at any time. Visitors must stay well away from the volcanic steam clouds which contain hydrochloric acid and glass particles.

Please note:  There is no cell phone coverage in the viewing area.

We ask that visitors show the greatest courtesy and respect to the local residents and property owners. Please remember never to go off the road or trail, and please dispose of all trash in the garbage cans provided. Guide/interpreters will be on hand in the viewing area to provide information and assistance.  For more information, please call Civil Defense at 935-0031.

For the Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory’s eruption updates online, please click on http://lavainfo.us/ .

The Big Island Visitors Bureau has created a new section of its website with all of the information we've been trying to get out to the public. Click on  http://www.bigisland.org/parks/939/volcano-eruption-update .

Recent Kilauea Status Reports, Updates, and Information Releases

HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY DAILY UPDATE
November 21, 2009


PActivity Summary for past 24 hours: A DI event is nearly complete. At the summit, a circulating, bubbling, and spattering lava pond surface was visible in a hole in the vent cavity floor deep beneath Halema`uma`u Crater floor; its level rose several meters covering the entire vent floor before dropping but remaining visible in the Overlook vent Webcam. Sulfur dioxide emission rates from the Halema`uma`u and east rift zone vents remain elevated. Lava flows are active on the coastal plain; lava flows through tubes to the coast and is entering the ocean at two locations west of Kalapana.

Past 24 hours at Kilauea summit: The lava pond continued bubbling and circulating at its low level within a hole in the vent cavity floor deep beneath the vent rim (in the Halema`uma`u Crater floor) until 7:23 pm when it abruptly rose several meters, peaking and covering the entire vent floor at about 7:30 pm, then draining back into the hole nearly an hour later; the lava level in the hole remained higher than it was when the night started but lower than the 7:30 pm peak. Glow is visible from the Jaggar Museum Overlook. This morning, the dense white plume moves to the southwest through beautiful clear skies. The most recent sulfur dioxide emission rate measurement was 800 tonnes/day on November 20, still elevated above the 2003-2007 average of 140 tonnes/day. Very small amounts of mostly ash-sized tephra continued to drop out of the plume near the vent.

The summit tiltmeter network recorded weak inflation completing the most recent DI event. The GPS network, which is less sensitive than the tiltmeter network, recorded contraction starting at the beginning of November switching to extension after November 12th.

Seismic tremor levels remained at low values with a drop. The number of RB2S2BL earthquakes remained below background levels. Two earthquakes were strong enough to be located on south flank faults.

Past 24 hours at the middle east rift zone vents and flow field: Magma continued to degas through Pu`u `O`o crater before erupting from the TEB vent, located 2 km to the east. The most recent sulfur dioxide emission rate measurement was 1,300 tonnes/day on November 21, below the 2003-2007 average of 1,700 tonnes/day. Very weak glow was again recorded from the crater last night.

The tiltmeter on the north flank of Pu`u `O`o recorded the switch to DI inflation around 9:30 an yesterday and continued slow inflation. The GPS network, which is less sensitive than the tiltmeter network, recorded continued slow contraction of the cone, amounting to almost 3 cm of contraction over the past 3 months. Seismic tremor levels at Pu`u `O`o and the TEB vent were at low values.

Lava flows through two tube branches to the coast, across State- and privately-owned land, and was entering the ocean at two general locations - Waikupanaha and west Waikupanaha 700 m (2,300 ft) to the west. Yesterday, HVO geologists found scattered surface flows over the coastal plain and at least one possible surface flow on the pali; a single entry at Waikupanaha and several at the west Waikupanaha location were active. GOES-WEST imagery showed thermal anomalies on the coastal plain suggesting continuing surface flow activity through dawn.

HAZARD ALERT: The lava delta and adjacent areas both inland and out to sea are some of the most hazardous areas on the flow field. Frequent delta/bench collapses give little warning, can produce hot rock falls inland and in the adjacent ocean, and can produce large local waves. The steam plume produced by lava entering the ocean contains fine lava fragments and an assortment of acid droplets that can be harmful to your health. The rapidly changing conditions near the ocean entry have been responsible for many injuries and a few deaths.

Maps, photos, webcam views, and other information about Kilauea Volcano are available at http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/activity/kilaueastatus.php. A daily update summary is available by phone at (808) 967-8862.

A map with details of earthquakes located within the past two weeks can be found at http://tux.wr.usgs.gov/

A definition of alert levels can be found at http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/activity/alertsystem/index.php

Definitions of Terms Used:

glow: light from an unseen source; indirect light.

CD: Hawai`i County Civil Defense

RB2S2BL earthquakes: earthquakes that were recorded but were too small to be located. These quakes have magnitudes less than 1.7 and may only be recorded by one or two seismometers. Recording at a minimum of 4 seismometer sites is required to locate an earthquake.

tonne: metric unit equal to 1,000 kilograms, 2,204.6 lbs, or 1.1 English tons.

tephra: all material deposited by fallout from an eruption-related plume, regardless of size.

ash: tephra less than 2 mm (5/64 inches) in size.

TEB: Thanksgiving Eve Breakout, the designation used for lava flows that started with a breakout on November 21, 2007.

DI tilt event: DI is an abbreviation for 'deflation-inflation' and describes a volcanic event of uncertain significance. DI events are recorded by tiltmeters at Kilauea summit as an abrupt deflation of up to a few microradians in magnitude lasting several hours to 2-3 days followed by an abrupt inflation of approximately equal magnitude. The tilt events are usually accompanied by an increase in summit tremor during the deflation phase. A careful analysis of these events suggests that they may be related to changes in magma supply to a storage reservoir at less than 1 km depth, just east of Halema`uma`u crater. Usually, though not always, these changes propagate through the magma conduit from the summit to the eruption site, as many of the DI events at Kilauea summit are also recorded at a tiltmeter at Pu`u `O`o, delayed by 1-2 hours. DI events often correlate with lava pulses and/or pauses in the eruption at the Pu`u `O`o/July 21/TEB vents.

More definitions with photos can be found at http://volcano.wr.usgs.gov/about/pglossary/index.php .

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is one of five volcano observatories within the U.S. Geological Survey and is responsible for monitoring volcanoes and earthquakes in Hawai`i.

 

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  July 5, 2008    July 2, 2008    June 30, 2008
 

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