This past week, Kīlauea’s summit eruption was marked by 4 short pauses, with lava surging forth after about a day each time. The southwest crater floor showed the most change, first near the southern-most outlet of the West Vent where a small pond basin has formed, and second on the southeast margin of the active lava lake, where hardened rock has began to isolate part of the large lake basin. The current activity has been ongoing for over 5 months, now longer than the previous summit eruption. Both eruptions together have now combined to produce active lava at Kīlauea’s summit during 10 of the past 14 months.
Great (but sporadic) viewing within Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is conveyed by an in-house time-lapse taken from the public viewing area, and we share the activity visible over the past week. Gas emissions continue to reflect lava output, and remain the most significant impact to island people, with otherwise no change in current volcanic threat. We present an abbreviated update due to recording constraints this week, reviewing monitoring signals and reports courtesy of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory focusing on Kīlauea.
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