New Lava Flow at Kilauea Volcano!

On August 3, just after 2:00 p.m., Hawaiian Standard Time, the floor of the long-erupting Pu`u `O`o crater collapsed and lava began erupting from new vents on the west flank of Pu`u `O`o cone, sending flows towards the north and south of the cone. Since that time, lava has continued to erupt from these west-flank vents, but the active lava flow has retreated closer to the vent area and is largely contained within a perched lava pond. A very small amount of lava has returned to the collapsed floor of Pu`u `O`o over the past week.

Tourists are flocking to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in order to catch a glimpse of the spectacular rivers of bubbling lava.  There is a viewing point within the Park that allows for safe viewing of the lava flows.  Additionally, helicopter tours have become very popular allowing tourists unfettered access to view the world-famous Kilauea lava flow.

Since the new Pu`u `O`o vents opened on August 3, the lava lake within the Halema`uma`u Overlook vent has dropped substantially over the past week as the summit deflated. As of Thursday, August 11, the Halema`uma`u lava lake was small, sluggish, and deep within the vent cavity.

Three earthquakes beneath Hawai`i Island were reported felt this past week. A magnitude-1.85 earthquake occurred at 8:59 a.m., HST, on Friday, August 5, 2011, and was located 1 km (1 mi) northeast of ‘Opihikao at a depth of 3 km (2 mi). A magnitude-2.1 earthquake occurred at 10:24 a.m. on the same day and was located 3 km (2 mi) southeast of Pahoa at a depth of 1 km (1 mi). A magnitude-2.2 earthquake occurred at 1:58 p.m. on Monday, August 8, and was located 5 km (3 mi) southeast of Kapoho at a depth of 3 km (2 mi).
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