Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano sputters

Feb 10, 2014 8:17 PM

More activity to report at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano. The action is in the lava pond in the "Pu'u.Ō'ō crater". The lava surface was quietly rising when this photo was taken by the USGS. When the lava reached a critical level, vigorous spattering would begin at the large area of incandescence seen here. The rim of the lava pond is covered in a thick coating of spatter from similar events.

In the past 24 hours, the eruption continued at two locations. The summit tiltmeter network recorded no significant change over the past day and the lava-lake level dropped a few meters. At the middle east rift zone, the Pu`u `O`o vent continued to feed the Kahauale`a 2 lava flow which was active to the northeast. Gas emissions remained elevated.

The photo is courtesy: USGS


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