USGS Status Update of Kīlauea Volcano - May 12, 2018

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USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory status of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii on May 12, 2018 by scientist in charge Tina Neal.


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Location Taken: Kīlauea Volcano, HI, US


USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Status of Kilauea volcano

10 am HST May 12, 2018

Tina Neal – Scientist in Charge

This is Tina Neal from the US Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on May 12. Activity continues at several spots here on Kilauea volcano.  In the lower east rift zone the ongoing eruption has had a new outbreak at about 6:45 this morning a new fissure segment opened about a mile Northeast of the existing fissure system, including fissures one though 15.  Field information is still coming in, but at the last report there was spattering occurring at this fissure number 16, but no significant lava flow had developed, so that’s an evolving situation we’ll be watching as carefully as we can.

Up here at the summit, the overlook vent continues to produce a very robust plume of what appears to be steam and a little bit of ash, we’ve had some more rock fall events that have produced more ash ladened plumes but as of yet no explosive activity at the summit.  We have strong trade wind conditions today so all of this ash, steam and gas is blowing to the southwest from the Kilauea summit, but it’s a situation we are also watching very carefully.