USGS Status Update of Kīlauea Volcano - June 1, 2018

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USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
Status of Kīlauea Volcano
June 1, 2018 
Jessica Ball, USGS Volcanologist


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Length: 00:01:39

Location Taken: Kīlauea Volcano, HI, US


Good morning everyone this is your Kīlauea update for the morning of June 1st. Starting in the lower East Rift Zone, fissure 8 is still the most active fissure and is continuing to produce persistent fountains of heights up to 260 feet and it’s feeding a major lava flow field that is heading northeast along Highway 132. The flow front’s moving at about 80 yards an hour and is currently .85 miles west of the Four Corners intersection. A mandatory evacuation is in effect for Leilani Estates, and residents of Kapoho Beach Lost and Vacationland are being urged to evacuate by 6 PM today or risk being isolated if the lava flow cuts access to Beach Rd. Fissure 18 flow front has stagnated about half a mile from Route 137, but small breakouts are still occurring further up the flow with the most active one about 1.5 miles from the road. At the summit ash continues to erupt, intermittently, from the vent in Halemaʻumaʻu crater and continued explosions and elevated seismicity are expected. And the overlook vent itself within the crater has grown from about 12 acres to more than 100 acres as a result of the explosions. So, communities downwind should be continued to be prepared for ash fall and vog as long as the explosions continue. And, as always, the USGS volcanoes website for the Hawaii Volcano Observatory is a good place to find information about preparing for, and dealing with, ash.