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Kilauea Major Eruption Continues - 2 Months & Counting


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Posted 02 July 2018 - 10:36 AM

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The cinder cone of fissure 8 is now at 160'.  Some have been known to reach over 200'.

Fissure 22 is showing some flow now as well. 


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Posted 09 July 2018 - 06:26 AM

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It's been a week and little change. Quite an extraordinary eruption. Scientists are likely in heaven studying this one.


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

The eruption in the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) continues with no significant change during the past 24 hours.

Fountains from Fissure 8 spatter cone continue to supply lava to the open channel with only small, short-lived overflows. The spatter cone is now about 55 m (180 ft) tall at its highest point, and fountains rarely rise above that point. As shown by the July 06 thermal map of the flow field, the main lava channel no longer directly enters the ocean—the open channel flow ends about 2 km (1.2 mi) inland of the coast. Lava continues to enter the ocean, however, from multiple points along the entire ocean entry area, primarily along the northern section. In addition, multiple ooze-outs fed flows on the north and the southwest edge of the main 'a'ā flow field but neither had lava actively entering the ocean.

Fissure 22 was weakly spattering overnight.

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 04:59 AM

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https://www.volcanod...t-activity.html

Lengthy article beginning June 29 on the eruption. But many photos, graphs and information.
The info. on the slumping of the Caldera is very interesting.
Lots of changes with this eruption and I'm sure it will be analyzed for a long time.

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 05:24 PM

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The 2018 eruption of Kiluea hit 2 months today. USGS scientists say they can't see any end in sight as of today.
The Caldera continues to collapse periodically and experiences earthquakes daily from the 2's to 5.0.

Fissure 8 has added 550 new acres to the big island as of today. The lava flow from Fissure 8 has reached 15 mph at times and a few overspills occur when lava boulders dislodge and temporarily block the flow. The edge of the new lava field is dificult to analyze due to the laze that blocks the view where the lava enters the ocean.

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New coastline off of vacationland

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 02:08 PM

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As of today 4.2% of the Island of Hawaii is covered with active lava.

 

The new lava field sticks out into the ocean 1 mile.

 

Here is a link for live data and images.

 

Other current images

 https://volcanoes.us...ia_webcams.html


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Posted 14 July 2018 - 05:48 PM

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There was a large explosion on the summit early this morning equal to a 5.3 quake.
Lava flow picked up temporarily with some overflow, then returned to its channel.
Scientists are expecting another explosion as the summit collapses.
They continue to have no idea when the flow from Fissure 8 will slow. While all eruptions of Kiluea have changed the map to one degree or another, this one has exceeded 1924 and may prove to be the most significant in modern history.

What amazes me personally is the volume of lava that has been evacuating the magma Chamber.
While Kiluea has been erupting we have seen the Galapagos, Krakatau, Shiveluch, Fuego, and Nishinoshima all erupt on the Ring of Fire.

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Posted 15 July 2018 - 10:39 AM

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I don't think there is a connection with activity on the ring of fire and with Hawaii. Maybe if we saw multiple deep fault earthquakes, synchronized movement on the edges of the plate, and volcanic activity from places that havent seen it in a few years, then I think someone could say that there is a something going on.



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Posted 16 July 2018 - 07:04 AM

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Entirely possible Fred.

It's amazing it is occurring however. I have read comments that it may be more connected to the quiet sun.
Not being a solar scientist I can't say, but I've been catching comments throughout this eruption that the sun is in the equation.
Id be interested in someone with solar expertise weighing in.

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 09:34 AM

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Current flow map as of July 16, 2018

Note the red area on the flow which it the current direction of the flow.
Fissure 18 flow continues. Other smaller fissures have periods of activity and quieting.

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Posted Yesterday, 09:43 AM

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The lava flow entry is creeping closer and closer to Pohoiki. The only harbor and boat launch in the area is located there. 

 

Last I heard almost 750 homes have been lost and that's not including other buildings belonging to businesses.


Finn Hill, elevation: 460 ft
2018 moisture: 24.30", 07/15

 

2017-2018 winter snowfall total: 9.0", 3/23

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