Kīlaueaʻs open lava lake surface has shrunk by almost 25% over the past week, and gas emissions decreased as low lava output continues. According to our estimates based on USGS photos, time-lapse sequences, and map area calculations, the area of active lava on the surface has shrunk by close to 20% on the lake’s southwest margin and 5% on its northeast margin.
We examine the lake shrinking through various new time-lapse productions, using web captures, monitoring data, and photos of Kīlauea’s ongoing eruption available courtesy of the @USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory available at https://www.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/current-eruption .
This short video summarizes the main points in our most recent Kīlauea live update, which includes more in-depth discussion for those interested.
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