USGS Status Update of Kīlauea Volcano - May 11, 2018

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USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory status of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii on May 11, 2018 by scientist in charge Tina Neal.


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Length: 00:01:21

Location Taken: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, HI, US


We still have a very active situation here at Kīlauea volcano on Hawaii Island.  In the lower east rift zone even though there was no active eruption of spatter or lava overnight we have continuing  high levels of earthquake activity and ground deformation that suggest that magma is still close to the surface in and fact still moving down rift of the Northeast some distance, elevated levels of sulfur dioxide gas emissions are consistent with that.  So the situation is still unstable and additional outbreaks are likely.

Here at the summit we continue to see deflation which is consistent with the lowering of the lava column within the overlook vent.  As of yesterday it had dropped out of sight.  This morning  we had a very robust steam plume coming out of the vent punctuated by at least two small ash explosions that sent quantities of reddish wall rock billowing up into the atmosphere a few thousand feet and drifting downwind where we could see fall out from here.  So the situation is still very dynamic here at Kīlauea we’re watching it around the clock as closely as we can with instrumentation and field crews and keeping civil defense and other agencies and the public informed. 

Thank you.