Kīlauea Volcano – USGS 24 Hour Watch: Monitoring Lava Flow

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Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory are part of a 24 hour watch during the ongoing eruption on the lower east rift zone of the Kīlauea Volcano. Working in shifts they keep an eye on where the lava activity is and where it might move to. 
 

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Length: 00:01:56

Location Taken: Hilo, HI, US

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My name is Matthew Patrick, I’m a geologist, I work for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.  This is the fissure 6 fountain. Most of the lava is flowing toward the southeast into a channel, a lava channel that pours into the ocean, creating an ocean entry and we’re here, we’re part of a 24 hour watch on the ongoing eruption on the lower east rift zone of Kīlauea and we’re keeping an eye on where the activity is and where it might migrate.  The activity has been very erratic here in this general area. It’s kind of operated in fits and starts. Over the past week or so we have seen a shift to more sustained effusion, at higher effusion rates, really feeding significant amounts of lava into these lava channels that are pouring into the ocean.  One of the things we are watching in this general area, or this immediate area, is we are looking for overflows or changes in that flow direction, because just up slope of us here a little bit is a geothermal plant.  So we’re kind of monitoring the flow margin making sure it doesn’t migrate any closer to that geothermal plant.  There’s another area of activity just up rift from us a couple kilometers and that is an area of some new activity over the past day also of some significant hazard concern.  This is some new fountains over the past day that have kind of ponded.  The lava has kind of built a perched lava pond and the lava is overflowing from that pond in several directions.  It’s right on the middle of the Leilani Estates Subdivision so over the past couple of days it has destroyed a handful of homes.  The location of those fissures that have opened up over the past day is unfortunate.