Lava from Kilauea volcano remains



Lava continues to erupt from multiple vents along the floor and west wall of Halemaumau Crater on the summit of Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported at 10:59 a.m. today that Kilauea’s lava lake had risen above 3.3 feet in the past 24 hours, bringing its total rise to 29 feet since the eruption began. Seismicity and volcanic gas emission rates also remain elevated.

HVO is one of five US Geological Survey volcano observatories and is responsible for monitoring volcanoes and earthquakes in Hawaii. On September 29th, HVO changed the warning level for Kilauea from orange / watch level to red / warning level.

The west vent is the most powerful, with lava fountain heights of 33 to 49 feet, HVO said. The lava lake has risen to the foot of the west vent around which a cone is being built. Other vents, including a 115-foot fissure, remain active in the central and southern portions of the lake, with sustained lava fountain heights of 16 to 33 feet.

HVO said that occasional fountain head eruptions have also been observed in the past 24 hours and the lava lake is not level. In places, the cool lava crust on the surface of the lava lake was covered by a less dense liquid from below, causing the crust to sink into the sea lava below.

The eruption takes place in a part of the park that has been closed to the public since 2007. However, HVO advises that residents and visitors to the island of Hawaii can have far-reaching effects downwind. When sulfur dioxide is released from the summit, it reacts in the atmosphere and creates vog, creating the potential for airborne health hazards, damage to agricultural crops and other crops, and damage to livestock

HVO warned visitors to the park about ash falls and also warned nearby residents to minimize exposure to volcanic particles, which can cause skin and eye irritation.

In a previous social media post, the Hawaiian Red Cross emphasized, “There is currently NO THREAT to homes or inhabited areas on the Big Island. We will continue to monitor the event and update it if necessary. “

In the spring of 2018, Kilauea in the Leilani Estates had a major eruption that destroyed hundreds of homes and displaced thousands of residents. Before this eruption, the volcano had erupted slowly for more than 30 years. The eruption ended in late summer 2018, but lava returned to Halemaumau last December and this eruption lasted until May.


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