Let me pause my science-blogging for a moment and direct your attention to a very special visitor in yesterday’s Tropical Visions overflight video.
Now, how do I transition from that back to the science side of Kilauea?
Today’s Eruption Summary
Last night and today, Fissure 8’s fountains have rebounded to 200 feet, but the cinder/spatter cone they’ve built is so tall they’re just peeking out:
Fissures 16 and 17 continue to “ooze,” to borrow the USGS’ technical term.
Fissure 8’s lava river remains fast, wide and healthy. It stays incandescent red rather than skimmed over for many miles, which shows just how hot and voluminous it is (26,000 gallons/second). It’s entering the ocean along a dramatically broad front (second half of video clip):
Today’s summit explosion (energy equivalent of M5.3, like clockwork) occurred at 3:19am HST, with an ash plume to 6,000 feet. Again, there were lots of earthquakes in the hours leading up to it, then they dropped off, and now they’re ramping back up to the next explosion. This pattern must be getting pretty old for the nearby residents of Volcano.
Wow. Photo: Elizabeth Kekedi – CD Thurs, 6/14 6AM HVO reports ash explosion early this morning at the Kilauea Summit. Beware of ash fallout throughout Kau. Community meeting on vog/ash, today 5:30 p.m. @ Ocean View Community Center #kilauea #KilaueaVolcano #puna pic.twitter.com/U5fF00PF0w
— IG: @MalikaDudley (@MalikaDudley) June 14, 2018
After the cut:
USGS info on the ongoing eruption, timelapses of recent changes at the summit, Kilauea-related news, and more stunning photos.