USGS Status Update of Kīlauea Volcano - May 30, 2018

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USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory status of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii on May 30, 2018. On Camera: Wendy Stovall, USGS Volcanologist


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Length: 00:01:21

Location Taken: Kīlauea Volcano, HI, US


Good morning everyone. The activity at Kīlauea volcano still remains high at the summit and lower East Rift Zone.  In the lower East Rift Zone, fissure 8 is still producing very high fountains and flows that are moving away from the event toward the northeast. The flow, yesterday, crossed Highway 132, continued to travel along the highway and jumped over to the north above Noni Farms Rd. It is currently about 2.8 miles from the Four Corners junction area. Moving downslope, overnight, it had speeds up to 600 yards per hour. There’s another flow from fissure 18, it’s moving rapidly downslope and that one is headed toward the ocean and perhaps will make another ocean entry and right now it’s two-thirds of a mile from Highway 137 above the War Ponds area. At the summit, overnight, two nights ago there was a very large explosion from the summit that sent ash up to 15,000 feet above sea level and that was also registered as an earthquake that people may have felt, but it was not an earthquake but it was actually and explosion from the summit that created a pressure wave. That’s the update for today.