USGS Status Update of Kīlauea Volcano - May 28, 2018

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USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory status of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii on May 28, 2018. 


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Length: 00:01:35

Location Taken: Kīlauea Volcano, HI, US

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Summit photo courtesy of Civil Air Patrol.


Hi everyone, good morning. I’m here to do the geology update and Happy Memorial Day. Yesterday, on the lower East Rift Zone the whole fissure system from the middle of Leilani Estates to west, I’m sorry, to the east end of the fissure system was active. One of the fountains was going up to 60 yards. Today that has changed. That whole section has become inactive and the fissure immediately uplift of that in Leilani became active late last night and sent a flow into Leilani Estates on Luana St. That moved north, almost through the whole street and then turned northeast and cut across Makamae, Kahukai, and Pohoiki. It crossed Pohoiki at about 6:30 this morning and is slowly moving forward from there at a few yards per hour. The channel velocity coming out of the fissure though is at 3 feet per second which is very fast, so it’s pushing this flow forward quickly from behind but it’s spreading out in a wide space that way the front is not moving as fast as the channel is. A new fissure opened up yesterday morning, and is still active today, which is immediately uplift of Fissure 8. What else? At the summit eruption there is still elevated seismicity. There have been several ash plumes in the past 24 hours that have gone over 10,000 feet and the summit floor is still deflating and sinking down. So, thank you, and Happy Memorial Day.