Kilauea Volcano

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All photos courtesy: USGS Twitter

Updated 9:12 a.m, CDT, May 21, 2018

On Sunday night,  May 20th, the USGS reported lava from Fissure 20 in Kīlauea Volcano’s Lower East Rift Zone entered the ocean.

USGS and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists also tested the fresh lava to analyze the glass components as “hotter uprift magma” (hot fluid or semi fluid material from below the earth’s crust) erupt.

Hawaii News Now reports a 2-story wall of lava closed parts of Highway 137, a major highway on the big island of Hawaii. They also report the Kilauea’s  lava flows are forcing evacuations, road closures and causing high levels of sulfur dioxide in the air as the lava goes into the Pacific Ocean.


Posted earlier

The watch continues on the Kilauea Volcano on the big island of Hawaii. Kilauea has been shooting out lava and plumes of smoke and ash. For almost 2 weeks, the volcano has spewed out lava flows, caused massive fissures, (cracks in roads and land),  numerous earthquakes, toxic gas in the air, endangered residents and destroyed homes.  A Code Red Alert is in effect. Code Red means island residents can expect showers of ash anytime.

Hawaii and federal officials continue to prepare for evacuations.  It’s unknown when Kilauea will blow up. Residents described the situation  as “a slow moving disaster” to NBC News.

Kilauea images on May 16, 2018.  Map and Photos Courtesy: USGS Volcanoes, Twitter





Here is the May 16, 2018 update from the USGS on YouTube:

Late Wednesday night, May 16th, the USGS tweeted the photo that “looks like a moonscape at the old Halema’uma’u parking lot, rock and ash from explosive event last night May 15, Killauea summit.”

Late Wednesday night, May 16th, the USGS also tweeted “Strong earthquakes in the Kilauea summit region related to ongoing deflation, damage reported.”

On May 15th, Civil Defense tweeted there is no evidence of a tsumani from the earthquakes due to the Kilauea eruptions.

Officials ask for the public’s help and to be aware of what’s happening. County, state, federal agencies and the private sector are working together to monitor the volcanic activity.

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