USGS Status Update of Kīlauea Volcano - June 2, 2018

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USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory status of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii on June 2, 2018, 9:00 AM HST. On camera: Jessica Ball, USGS Volcanologist


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Location Taken: Kīlauea Volcano, HI, US


Good Morning everyone this is the HVO Kīlauea update for the morning of June 2nd.  In the lower east rift zone fissure eight continues to have lava fountains but they’re only reaching heights of about 50 meters or 164 feet.  As of 6:30 a.m. the channelized lava flow that was heading towards the Four Corners area was about one tenth of a mile from the intersection of Highway 132 and Highway 137 and along the length of that channel there are small breakouts including one near the intersection of Highway 132 and Pohoiki Road.  The suggested evacuation for residents of Vacationland, Kapoho Beach lots and areas around Highway 137 is still in effect and the mandatory evacuation of Leilani Estates remains in effect.  Fissure 18 which was feeding a lava flow toward highway 137 southwest of Vacationland is either inactive or has crusted over.  The lava flow there has stalled or is moving very slowly.

At the summit a small explosion occurred at 1:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon, but overall ash emissions have decreased which may be a result of the buildup of rubble in the bottom of the expanding overlook crater.  Continued summit deflation, earthquake activity and explosive events are still expected and gas emissions remain high.  That’s the update for June 2nd