2018 Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Eruption

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Starting in early May of 2018 the Big Island of Hawaii began experiencing an active eruption of the massive shield volcano Kilauea, marking some of the most significant seismic activity in decades. The volcano has been putting on some amazing lava displays and we are closely following the volcanic activity and are posting eruption updates regularly.

The Kilauea Eruption includes occasional eruptions from the Halema`uma`u crater as well as the fissure vents that have opened on the volcano’s East Rift Zone, with lava oozing and shooting out of the cracks in the Earth’s surface and making it’s way to the ocean.

While we understand the desire to see these incredible images, we also want to help keep the event in perspective and have written an article detailing the scope of the Hawaii Volcano Eruption, the area it is affecting, and how the activity will affect your visit to the Big Island.



May 2018

Kīlauea Volcano Lower East Rift Zone Activates:

Eruption of lava and ground cracking begins in the area of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivision.

The middle portion of the fissure system continues to produce the most robust eruptive activity in the Lower East Rift Zone. The most active fissures are 22,19, 6, 5, and 23. A faint glow was seen from Fissure 9, but no flows, and methane was observed burning in road cracks overnight. Volcanic gas emissions remain very high from these fissure eruptions.

The ocean entry becomes active and produces occasional small explosions. Observers noted the height of the perched lava pond / channel had reached 11 meters / 36 feet above the ground level. Lava is entering the ocean at multiple locations and instrumental signals are consistent with sustained ocean entry activity.

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