- Current Update, last updated Sep 29, 2014 17:34 :
The June 27th flow front remains stalled 2.3 km (1.4 miles) upslope from Apa`a St. and 3.3 km (2.1 mi) from Pāhoa Village Road. Two slow-moving lobes behind the stalled front have advanced northeast 65 and 80 m (215 and 260 ft) since September 26; the nearest lobe is about 125 m (410 ft) behind the stalled front. Lava continues to break out of the tube about 8 km (5 mi) behind the flow front near where lava entered a crack system on August 18. The stalled leading edge of the flow is approximately 16.4 km (10.2 miles) straight-line distance from the vent. Because the flows near the stalled front are moving very slowly, we do not offer a projection of their future movement. Our next overflight is scheduled for Wednesday.
Pāhoa town is in the Puna District of the County of Hawai`i.
- 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: WARNING Aviation Color Code: ORANGE