Hawaii volcano activity slows, entering a pause, says USGS



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After months of spewing hot lava in residential areas and in the sea, shows that Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano may be taking a break after a slowdown in the activity since the weekend.

The U. S. Geological Survey said in a series of updates since Sunday that there was a “significant drop” in the lava of the crack 8 which is fed with a channelized lava flow that reached the Pacific Ocean.

“It is common for eruptions to wash and wipe, or the break, in full,” the USGS said on Tuesday. “A return to a high level of lava dismissal or new outbreaks in the area of active cracks can occur at any time.”

In aerial photographs taken on Tuesday, crack 8 now only contains a small lava pool under the channel and spillway.

A small lava cone can be seen in the crack 8 cone.


Another photo shows that the lava in the crack 8, is now completely crusted over

Lava in the fissure 8 channel is now crusted over from Tuesday.


In addition to the low activity in the fissure 8 and the lower east rift zone (LERZ), the USGS said that the summit of the volcano remains “quiet” after a collapse last Thursday.


“Top and LERZ changes, considered together, imply that the rate of magma leaving the summit to feed the Lower East Rift Zone eruption has decreased. How long this condition will continue is unknown,” the USGS said. “It is possible that the outflow will pick up again, resulting in a renewed top area deflation leads to another collapse event, and a renewed burst of strength on the LERZ.”

The activity has also slowed down on the summit of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano on Tuesday.


During a conference call on Monday, scientists at the Hawaii Volcano Observatory said that although there is a break from the activity for now, hazards related to the eruption that began on 3 May remain.


“It may be weeks or months before we feel the call of the eruption and summit collapse,” HVO scientist-in-charge Tina Neal said, Maui Now reported.


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The volcano has destroyed more than 700 homes since lava began to pour into the residential districts of the cracks in May, including 500 in just two days.

A man was injured in the weeks after the eruption began, and another 23 people injured July 16, when the lava entered the ocean and exploded on a canal boat.

Last week, the 20-year-old Illinois tourist who was hit by a lava bomb spoke for the first time from her hospital bed, she says that she thought that the ship was getting dangerously close to an explosion sent debris flying through the roof.

“Everything just went black and you had nothing to see,” she told KHON2 from her hospital bed. “You just felt like you was suffocating and I thought I was dying.”

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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