- Current Update, last updated Feb 8, 2016 08:50 :
Activity Summary: Eruptive activity continues at Kīlauea Volcano’s summit and East Rift Zone. Seismicity and deformation rates throughout the volcano remain at background levels. Scattered lava flow activity continues on the June 27th lava flow field within about 6 km (4 mi) northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. These flows currently pose no threat to nearby communities.
Summit Observations: The lava lake within the Halemaʻumaʻu Overlook crater remains active and was measured at 33 m (110 ft) below the crater rim when it was last measured on Friday, February 5, 2016. Tiltmeters at Kīlauea's summit have recorded an inflationary tilt since yesterday. Seismicity is within normal, background rates with tremor fluctuations associated with lava lake spattering. The summit sulfur dioxide emission rate averaged 5,300 metric tons/day on January 21 and 22.
Puʻu ʻŌʻō Observations: Webcam images over the past 24 hours show persistent glow at long-term sources within the crater and from skylights in the lava tube on the northeast flank of the cone. Seismic activity remains low at Puʻu ʻŌʻō. A tiltmeter on the cone recorded no significant change in tilt over the past day. The sulfur dioxide emission rate from all East Rift Zone vents was about 220 metric tons/day when it was last measured on January 21.
June 27th Lava Flow Observations: Webcam images show continued surface flow activity on the June 27th flow field, with smoke plumes where lava is igniting forest. The active flows are confined to within about 6 km (4 mi) northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō and are not currently threatening any nearby communities.
- Volcanic History Overview: Kilauea volcano is one of the most active and best studied volcanoes in the world and is renowned for the accessability of her eruptions. Throughout her history, Kilauea has erupted from three main areas, its summit and two rift zones. Kilauea currently has a summit caldera, but it may not always have been evident. Most eruptions are relatively gentle, sending lava flows downslope from fountains a few meters to a few hundred meters high. Over and over again these eruptions occur, gradually building up the volcano and giving it a gentle, shield-like form. Every few decades to centuries, however, powerful explosions spread ejecta across the landscape. Such explosions can be lethal, as the one in 1790 that killed scores of people in a war party near the summit of Kilauea. Such explosions can take place from either the summit or the upper rift zones. Kilauea has erupted more than 60 times in the past 150 years. The current eruption began in 1983.
- Location: Hawaii and Pacific Ocean, HI
Elevation: 1247 m
Recent Eruption: Ongoing
- Hazard Assessments: Kauahikaua. Jim, 2007, Lava Flow Hazard Assessment, as of August 2007, for Kīlauea East Rift Zone Eruptions, Hawai`i Island, Open-File Report 2007-1264.
- Link to monitoring data: Recent Earthquakes in Hawaii Page
Volcanic Alert Level: WATCH Aviation Color Code: ORANGE