- Current Update, last updated Nov 21, 2014 17:07 :
Scientists of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) were not able to perform an overflight of the June 27th flow this afternoon due to poor weather conditions. An overflight by Civil Defense this morning showed that breakouts remain active around the crack system, and the front of these breakouts has advanced north over the past day, along the western boundary of the existing June 27th flow. The breakouts this morning had reached a ground crack (the same ground crack which lava partially filled, and flowed out of, around September 6). The front of the breakouts was roughly 300 meters (0.2 miles) north of the front mapped by HVO geologists yesterday afternoon.
An overflight is scheduled for Monday.
Daily updates about Kilauea's ongoing eruptions, recent images and videos of summit and East Rift Zone volcanic activity, and data about recent earthquakes are posted on the HVO Web site at http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov.
A daily update is posted in the morning, and a status report is posted later in the day as new information becomes available and if warranted. Updates and status reports are posted at http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/activity/kilaueastatus.php.
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.
For a definition of volcano alert levels and aviation color codes: http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/activity/alertsystem/index.php
A map with details of earthquakes located within the past two weeks can be found at http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/seismic/volcweb/earthquakes/
HVO Contact Information: askHVO@usgs.gov
- 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