USGS Status Update of Kīlauea Volcano - May 17, 2018

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USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory status of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii on May 17, 2018


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Length: 00:01:46

Location Taken: Kīlauea Volcano, HI, US


Good morning.  A little bit after four o’clock at Kilauea, Halemaʻumaʻu Crater we had an explosion it lasted a few minutes.  It caused a volcanic cloud that reached as high as 30,000 feet above sea level which is the biggest cloud we’ve had so far during the recent activity. We’ve had reports of light ash fall in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and we expect that folks may be experiencing ash fall, light ash fall, trace ash fall around volcano village.  It’s raining in the area that’s probably keeping the ash fall close to the Kilauea summit area. Currently there’s still low-level ash emissions up to about 12,000 feet above sea level and we expect activity could wax and wane like this in the near future. 

So that’s what is going on at Kilauea today.