Hawaii News Digest, 19 August 2017, 15:15 hrs, UTC, Post #15439.
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The ongoing Pu’u O’o rift zone eruption on the Kilauea Volcano is now approaching its 35th anniversary–‘the longest-loved and most voluminous rift zone eruption of the Kilauea Volcano in more than 500 years.” The 61g lava flow has covered 6.8 miles/11 kilometers in the past two months.
Here’s the current status of volcanic activity in the Kilauea area:
“This past week, Kilauea Volcano’s summit lava lake level varied 92-144 feet below the vent rim, with fluctuations in concert with summit inflation and deflation. On the East Rift Zone, the 61g flow remained active, with lava entering the ocean near Kamokuna and surface breakouts downslope of Puu Oo. The 61g flows do not pose an immediate threat to nearby communities.”
“Mauna Loa is not erupting. During the past week, small-magnitude earthquakes continued to occur beneath the volcano, primarily in the upper Southwest Rift Zone, at depths less than 3 miles. GPS measurements continue to show deformation related to inflation of a magma reservoir beneath the summit and upper Southwest Rift Zone. No significant changes in volcanic gas emissions were measured.”
“One earthquake with three or more felt reports in the Hawaiian islands occurred during the past week. At 5:24 a.m. on Aug. 16, a magnitude-3.1 earthquake occurred 6.2 miles east-northeast of Honokaa at a depth of 9 miles.”
“Visit www.volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo for past Volcano Watch articles, Kilauea daily eruption updates, Mauna Loa weekly updates, volcano photos, recent earthquakes info, and more. Call for summary updates at 967-8862 (Kilauea) or 967-8866 (Mauna Loa). Email questions to askHVO@usgs.gov.”
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