USGS Status Update of Kīlauea Volcano - May 21, 2018

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USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory status of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii on May 21, 2018.


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Length: 00:01:22

Location Taken: Kīlauea Volcano, HI, US


Good morning, the update for Kīlauea Volcano today is there are still lava flows issuing from fissures in the lower east rift zone. The fissure 20 complex is a combination of several fissures that have joined together are now admitting lava and are now emitting lava flows that are moving south down to the coast. There is an ocean entry hazard at the coast producing laze, volcanic haze. Steer clear of that very vigorous plume that is coming off of the ocean where lava is meeting the sea. There is also low fountaining at fissure 17. Fissure 6 reactivated yesterday, and there are lava flows moving away from that and have traveled, not a long distance, but a relative distance away from the vent. And then there’s also explosions happening at the summit of Kīlauea. There’s been a couple of major explosions that have put ash plumes up to about 7000 feet in elevation. The tradewinds of been blowing so it’s been blowing all of the ash downwind to the southeast.

We will keep you guys updated of activity.

Thank you