Update on the Kilauea volcano eruption: New thermal photos as the eruption continues.
THE KILAUEA VOLCANO is still erupting at its top, with many vents down the crater floor and western wall feeding an active lava lake – but what’s new with this Hawaiian volcano’s eruption?
The Kilauea volcano in Hawaii is erupting once more, and volcanic gas is being expelled from the cone as lava collides with the atmosphere. The volcano eruption is in “full swing,” according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), which raised the volcano’s alert level last week.
The Kilauea volcano is still erupting, according to the USGS update from Sunday, October 3 at 9.59 a.m. HST (8.49 p.m. BST).
Lava continues to erupt from many vents on the Halema’uma’u crater’s floor and western side.
All lava activity is contained within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s Halema’uma’u.
The lava lake level has risen more than one meter in the last 24 hours, climbing 27 meters since the eruption began.
Seismic activity and volcanic gas emissions are also at record highs.
Last Monday, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) raised the volcano’s alert status.
The current alert level is red, indicating that an eruption is occurring or is suspected, with considerable volcanic ash emissions into the atmosphere.
Sulfur dioxide emissions are still high, averaging over 14,750 tonnes per day on October 2, 2021, up from the previous day.
Seismicity is high but stable, and summit tiltmeters are still showing deflationary tilt.
High amounts of volcanic gas are a significant source of concern, as the downwind impact can be devastating.
Water vapour, carbon dioxide, and sulfur dioxide are the most common emissions.
The visible haze known as volcanic smog is created when sulphur dioxide is emitted from the top and reacts in the atmosphere.
This volcanic smog, also known as vog, has the potential to hurt humans and livestock, as well as damage agricultural crops and other vegetation.
On Wednesday afternoon, the most recent eruption of Hawaii’s youngest volcano began.
The eruption was the first in almost a year at the location.
The spectacular event occurred within the limits of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which has remained open to tourists who want to watch the lava glow and smoke cloud from a safe distance.
The eruption is occurring in a region of the park that has been restricted to visitors since 2007.
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