Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hawaii Kilauea Volcano Lava Up-Date

Hawaii Kilauea Volcano Lava Up-Date

30 minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast:  

On August 3, just after 2 p.m., the floor of Pu'u 'O;o collapsed and lava began erupting from new vents on the west flank of Pu'u 'O'o cone, sending flows towards the north and south of the cone. Since that time, lava has continued to erupt from these west-flank vents, but the active lava has retreated closer to the vent area and is largely contained within a perched lava pond. A very small amount of lava has returned to the collapsed floor of Pu'u 'O'o over the past week.

Since the new Pu'u 'O'o vents opened on August 3, thelava lake within the Halema'uma'u Overlook vent has dropped substantially over the past week as the summit deflated. As of Thursday, the Halema'uma'u lava lake was small, sluggish and deep within the vent cavity.

visit the HVO website for detailed Kilauea and Mauna Loa activity updates, recent volcano photos, recent earhtquakes and more; call 967-8862 for a Kilauea summary; e-mail questions to askHVO@usgs.gov.

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