USGS Status Update of Kīlauea Volcano - May 24, 2018

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USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory status of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii on May 24, 2018


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Location Taken: Kīlauea Volcano, HI, US


Good morning everyone we have the update for Kīlauea Volcano today.  There’s still activity at the summit and in the lower east rift zone. The extent of fountaining and lava flows is about two miles and that’s going from fissure eight all the way up to fissure twenty two.  There’s two main channels of lava that are issuing from those vents going down to the coast and one of the cannels the furthest channel to the east is bifurcating, so it’s splitting into two, and now we have three ocean entries at the coast.  Fissure seven is producing the most volume of lava right now, it kind of opened up very recently and there are lava flows that are going to the east from that vent and they’re reaching about 1,300 feet away from the source and the eastern most extent right now is at Kaupili and Leilani streets in Leilani Estates.


Up at the summit there’s been some more small explosive eruptions the largest one occurred

yesterday at 6:44 pm and that produced an ash plume that went  up to about 7,000 feet.  You’re still going to experience ash downwind if you’re in that summit area and there was a 3.9 magnitude earthquake right at the summit just below the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory building that preceded that explosion. 

That’s the update of today.