USGS Status Update of Kīlauea Volcano - June 14, 2018

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USGS Hawaiian Volcan Observatory, Status of Kīlauea Volcano, June 14, 2018, Jessica Ball, USGS Volcanologist.


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Length: 00:01:28

Location Taken: Kīlauea Volcano, HI, US


Good morning. This is the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory video update for June 14.

In the Lower East Rift Zone

Fissure 8 lava fountains reached heights of 200 feet from within the growing cinder and spatter cone, which is now 160 feet high at its highest point. Lava from the fissure continues to flow through the channel to the ocean at Kapoho, with rare small overflows occurring along parts of the channel sides.

The ocean entry is still active and broad, with one main lava flow and several minor ones entering the water. The laze plume was blown onshore this morning but did not travel far beyond the flow. Areas of hot water upwelling offshore are still being observed.

Pele's hair and other glass particles are still being blown by winds away from the vent, and should be avoided as they can cause skin and eye irritation.

At the summit,

another small explosion happened at 3:19AM HST, producing a plume that rose to 6,000 feet above sea level. The event and many of its precursory earthquakes were felt in the Volcano area. While the collapse of the Halema'uma'u crater walls and floor continues, sulfur dioxide emissions from the summit of Kilauea have dropped to about half of what they were prior to the beginning of May.