Hawaii Volcano National Park

Hawaii Volcano National Park - Current Update

HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY DAILY UPDATE
U.S. Geological Survey
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 9:18 AM HST (Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 19:18 UTC)
KILAUEA VOLCANO (VNUM #332010)
19°25'16" N 155°17'13" W, Summit Elevation 4091 ft (1247 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Activity Summary: Eruptions continue at Kīlauea Volcano's summit and East Rift Zone. The summit lava lake level dropped about 7 m (23 ft) in the past day, corresponding to summit deflation that began yesterday morning. Puʻu ʻŌʻō cone continues the inflationary trend of the past several weeks, and the Episode 61g lava flow is active above Pulama pali. The flow does not pose a threat to nearby communities at this time. There is currently no active lava on the pali, the coastal plain, or entering the ocean.

Summit Observations: Summit tiltmeters recorded deflationary tilt over the past 24 hours, leveling off earlier this morning. The summit lava lake level is about 20 m (66 ft) below the rim of the Overlook crater, a drop of about 7 m (23 ft) since yesterday morning. Lava spattering is barely visible from the Jaggar Museum at this time. Seismicity in the summit area is within normal, background rates, with tremor amplitude fluctuations associated with lava lake spattering. Elevated summit sulfur dioxide emission rates persist. Current webcam views are here: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_webcams.html

Puʻu ʻŌʻō Observations: Inflationary tilt continues to be recorded by a tiltmeter at Puʻu ʻŌʻō, continuing the inflationary trend of the past several weeks. Webcam views showed no new flows in the crater in the past 24 hours. Seismicity is at normal, background levels. The sulfur dioxide emission rate from the East Rift Zone vents has been steady over the past several months and remains significantly lower than the summit emission rate.

Lava Flow Observations: There is no lava flow activity from the Episode 61g lava flow on the coastal plain or pali, and no lava is flowing into the ocean. Lava flow activity continues on the upper flow field, above the pali and closer to Puʻu ʻŌʻō, and does not pose a threat to nearby communities at this time. Areas of the upper flow field with active lava flows are located within the Kahaualeʻa Natural Area Reserve, which has been closed to the public by DLNR since 2007 due to volcanic hazards. Webcam views of the flow field are available here: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_webcams.html. Maps of the lava flow field can be found here: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_maps.html. For more info about the Kahaualeʻa NAR closure, please visit: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/ecosystems/nars/hawaii-island/kahaualea-2.

Lava Flow Field and Ocean Entry Hazards: The current location of active surface lava is not accessible to hikers and is predominantly in a closed area. Hikers and visitors to the lower Puʻu ʻŌʻō lava flow field should be prepared for a variety of hazards, including, but not limited to: hard, rough, uneven and sharp terrain, which can lead to falls, abrasions, lacerations, and other injuries, as well as heat exhaustion or dehydration. Heavy rains can occur with little warning, producing a steamy ground-fog on recent flows that severely limits visibility. This steam can be acidic and should be avoided.

No services are available on the lava flow field and cell reception is limited.

Please consult safety information at these links before heading out and heed all posted signs:
https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2000/fs152-00/
https://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/lava2.htm

Though inactive at present, the 2016-2017 lava delta remains potentially unstable, and collapse of some or all of the delta without warning is possible. In several instances, collapses have also incorporated parts of the older sea cliff. Explosions of rocky debris remain possible should collapses suddenly expose the hot interior of the inactive lava delta.
Source: Cascade Range Current Update




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April 18, 2018
Ongoing changes at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, with continued breakouts near the vent

A brief break in the rain allowed for some clear views of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō on Kīlauea Volcano's East Rift Zone. Since mid-March, Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō tiltmeters have been recording inflation, and uplift of the crater floor is visible in HVO webcams. The lava pond within the west pit (foreground) has also risen several meters (yards) and has overflowed onto the floor of the west pit numerous times.
An HVO geologist observes the perched lava pond within the west pit of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō.
Surface flows on the 61g flow field remain active. Most breakouts are within 2 km (1.2 miles) of the 61g vent on the flank of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, but a few small surface flows are active on the upper flow field (above the pali) roughly 6 km (3.7 miles) from the vent.
This time-lapse image sequence taken by a time-lapse camera on the rim of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō's west pit, spans March 20 to April 18. The sequence, of approximately one image per day, shows the growth of the lava pond within the west pit as it developed into a perched lava pond. This sequence is looped 4 times.

Source: Kilauea Volcano Observatory

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