USGS Status Update of Kīlauea Volcano - May 31, 2018

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USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory status of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii on May 31, 2018.


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Length: 00:01:35

Location Taken: Kīlauea Volcano, HI, US


In the lower east rift zone in the Leilani Estates area fissure eight was the most active fissure overnight it was producing fountains up to 250 feet high and continued to feed a lava flow moving north out of the Leilani Estates area and then which turned northeast along route 132 in the Noni Farms Road area. This morning as of 6:15 a.m. it was about two miles from the Four Corners Intersection and that’s about two miles to the west.  Currently the county is advising Vactionlands and Kapoho beach lots residents to evacuate because of the danger of roads in the area being cut off by lava flows and we should also note that cellphone towers and regular landlines have been heavily damaged in the area and so there may be reduced service.  At the summit crater we are still seeing intermittent ash eruptions and still experiencing  elevated seiesmicity and heavy gas output.  The National Weather Service yesterday notified us of a plume rising to about 12,000 feet, but because of weather visibility was so bad that we were having trouble confirming it on the ground.  Regardless we expect ash plumes to continue as well as the elevated seismicity and gas emissions.