USGS Status Update of Kīlauea Volcano - June 4, 2018

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USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Update of Kīlauea Volcano for June 4, 2018. On Camera: Jessica Ball, USGS Volcanologist.


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Location Taken: Kīlauea Volcano, HI, US


Good morning. This is the HVO Kilauea update for June 4.

Starting in the Lower East Rift Zone

As of 10:30 PM last night, the front of the Fissure 8 lava flow had entered the ocean at Kapoho.....  laze (lava haze) and steam explosions are expected, as with the fissure 18 ocean entry. Fissure 8 remains active with a vigorous lava fountain up to heights of 220 feet and a wide perched lava channel. Small outbreaks of lava should be expected along the length of the channel, and there is a breakout north of the Kapoho Cinder Pit near the intersection of Cinder and Railroad.

As of 6PM on June 3, lava had covered 19.9 square kilometers (7.7 square miles or  4,917 acres)

At the summit, an explosion from the Halema'uma'u Crater at 3:50 PM registered as a magnitude 5.5 earthquake and produced an ash plume to an estimated height of 8,000 feet. Continued crater collapses, explosions (some registering as earthquakes), ash plumes and degassing should be expected.