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Kilauea Eruption Quieting Down...for Now

Discussion in 'US - Hawaii Timesharing' started by JIMinNC, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. JIMinNC

    JIMinNC TUG Member

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    According to the last several days of updates from the Hawaii Volcano Observatory, the lava flowing in southeastern part of the Big Island has virtually ceased this week, and the lava channels that last week were filled with flowing lava are crusting over. Very little or no lava is entering the ocean. Both Pu'u O'o venting and the ongoing Halemaumau collapse have also subsided/ceased, as have the more frequent earthquakes and sulfur dioxide emissions.

    They are careful to point out that things can change quickly, but at least for now, this should help the vog issue in Kona and the southern part of the island for anyone there this week.

    Here is the latest report:


    HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY STATUS REPORT
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Thursday, August 9, 2018, 9:06 AM HST (Thursday, August 9, 2018, 19:06 UTC)


    KILAUEA VOLCANO (VNUM #332010)
    19°25'16" N 155°17'13" W, Summit Elevation 4091 ft (1247 m)
    Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
    Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

    Kīlauea Volcano Lower East Rift Zone

    Activity and lava output from Fissure 8 remains low and there have been no signs of reactivation or new intrusion. Up-rift of Fissure 8, Fissures 9, 10, and 24, and down-rift Fissures 13, 23, 3, 21 and 7, continue to steam. Ground crews and overflights continue to monitor these for signs of new activity. This morning's overflight crew observed a crusted lava pond deep inside the steaming cone at a level significantly lower than when viewed Tuesday morning.

    The significance of this change is not yet clear and hazardous conditions remain in the area. HVO field crews and the UAS team will monitor activity throughout the day and overnight.

    It is common for eruptions to wax and wane or pause completely. A return to high levels of lava discharge or new outbreaks in the area of active fissures could occur at any time.

    Residents should remain informed and heed Hawaii County Civil Defense messages and warnings.

    Kīlauea Volcano Middle East Rift Zone

    Gas measurements of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō plume taken on August 6 and 7 indicated a reduced SO2 emission rate lower than the August 3 measurement and similar to what has been observed over the past three months. No active lava was observed in the crater on an overflight on August 6th. This morning, the steam plume appears wispy and intermittent.

    A magnitude-4.4 earthquake occurred southeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō this morning at 6:50 a.m. The earthquake had no significant effect on the status of Kīlauea activity except to generate a brief dust plume from Puʻu ʻŌʻō several minutes later.

    Kīlauea Volcano Summit

    The volcano's summit remains quiet, except for the small occasional rockfall, following the most recent collapse at 11:55 a.m. HST August 2nd. This continues a significant departure from the pattern of seismicity and deformation over the past several months, with very low rates of seismicity continuing today. Except for a very gradual deflation, the deformation at the summit as measured by tiltmeter and GPS instruments has stopped.

    Summit and LERZ changes considered together imply that the rate of magma leaving the summit to feed the lower East Rift Zone eruption has significantly decreased. How long this condition will persist is unknown. It is possible that outflow will pick up again, resulting in renewed summit area deflation leading to another collapse event and renewed eruption vigor on the LERZ.

    HVO will continue to monitor Kīlauea closely for any signs of change in activity.

    The next status report will be issued tomorrow morning unless significant changes occur.
     
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    More interesting info...since the eruption paused about a week ago, the Hawaii Volcano Observatory now says that the sulfur dioxide emissions from the volcano are at the lowest levels for over a decade:

    SO2 emissions from the summit, Pu῾u ῾Ō῾ō , and the Lower East Rift Zone are all at low levels. LERZ emissions on August 5-6 were ~ 200 tons/day; Pu῾u ῾Ō῾ō emissions on August 6-7 were 200-300 tons/day, and Summit emissions when last measured on July 19 were around 100 tons/day. This SO2 release represents the lowest SO2 emitted from Kīlauea for over a decade.
     

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