October 14, 2008 – Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
The US Geological Survey’s Hawaii Volcano Observatory has released video of the recent explosive eruption at Halema`uma`u vent on the summit of the Kilauea volcano.
The video shows the ejection of an “ash-rich mushroom cloud”, which occurred at 7:28 am on Sunday morning, October 12th. The footage also shows glowing red gas particles, pulsing at the base of the cloud.
This explosion was a part of “seven hybrid seismic events” on Sunday. The largest littered the area with tephra, or “material deposited by fallout from an eruption related plume”. A special weekend tephra collection revealed significant deposits of fist- to grapefruit-sized lava.
The last hybrid seismic event was on September 2nd, 2008.
VIDEO NOTE: The footage above is courtesy the USGS. The video files are on the USGS website: hvo.wr.usgs.gov