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Observatory posts video, photos of small explosions at Kilauea

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    This aerial view of the lava lake in Halemaumau Crater at Kilauea’s summit shows spattering in the southeast portion of the lake on Dec. 30.

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    A breakout that began as a rupture from the tube supplying the June 27th lava flow continues to advance slowly to the northeast and has reached a forest about 1.9 miles from Puu Oo.

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    A geologist collects a molten lava sample for chemical analysis, scooping up a bit with the rock hammer to then drop in the water bucket to quench it in this Dec. 30 photo.

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    A rockfall within the Overlook vent at the summit of Kilauea generated a small explosive event at 3:18 a.m. in this webcam image. Incandescence from molten lava exposed by the disrupted lava lake surface lit up the vent wall and the night sky above Halemaumau Crater.

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    On January 2 at about 2:17 p.m., a rockfall from the east rim of the Overlook vent within Halemaumau Crater at the summit of Kīlauea impacted the lava lake, generated a small explosive event captured by HVO webcams

  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

    The breakout that began in late November continues to feed lava to the northern boundary of the flow field via a new lava tube. The trace of this new tube is visible in this Dec. 30 thermal image.

Rockfalls into the lava lake at Kilauea triggered small explosions at the summit this morning and on Saturday.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists reported that a small slice of the north wall over the Halemaumau crater collapsed into the lava lake, triggering a small explosive event at 3:18 a.m.

The volcano is going through a period of inflation and the summit lake rose to about 100 feet below the floor of Halemaumau Crater.

On Saturday, a rockfall from the east rim of the Overlook vent fell into the lava lake generatred another small explosive event captured by an observatory webcamera at 2:17 p.m.

The observatory released video and photos of the recent events today.

At Pu‘u O‘o, small lava flows erupted from a vent on the northeast side of the crater floor, but remained in the crater.

Lava flows from Pu‘u O‘o extend about 4 miles northeast of the vent. The flows are burning some forest, but are not threatening any populated communities.

Sunday marked the 33rd anniversary of the current eruption.

The Pu‘u O‘o vent began spewing lava on Jan. 3, 1983.

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