Hawaii volcano update: Kilauea may REACTIVATE – Lava pond inside Fissure 8 forms

Monday, August 13, 2018
By Paul Martin

ACTIVITY at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has reduced, but residents are urged to heed warnings from authorities as two lava pond were observed during an flight over the region, with the US Geological Survey warning activity can re-occur “at any time.”

Mon, Aug 13, 2018

A lava pond has formed inside fissure 8 as the residents of Hawaii’s Big Island continue to cope with the daily re-occurrence of Kilauea’s ongoing eruption.

Eruptive activity has lulled, the US Geological Survey said, however this does not mean activity has ceased completely as scientists warn activity could “reactivate” at a moment’s notice.

The Hawaii Volcano Observatory (HVO) issued an update on Sunday morning and informed residents “activity remains at a reduced level at Kilauea summit and the Lower East Rift Zone”.

There has been a “significant reduction” in lava from fissure 8 – the most active fissure in the East Rift Zone – which has fed a channelised lava flow which reached the Pacific Ocean.

The observatory said: “A small pond remains in the fissure eight cone, observations yesterday show the pond to be mostly crusted over with a small area glowing. Fissure 8 along with other fissures continue to release gas.

“Although a lull in activity continues, it is common for eruptions to go through periods of diminished output, or to pause completely, only to reactivate days or weeks later, or longer. Activity could occur at any time.”

Residents of the island are urged to keep regularly updated on Kilauea’s activity by following Hawaii County Civil Defines messages and warnings as “lava eruption could resume at any time”.

In an update on Tuesday the USGS said: “It is common for eruptions to wax and wane or pause completely.

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