(ABOVE) USGS photo shows the lava pond that has been active in the western portion of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater for several months.
TOP STORY | HVNP Flight Operations
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park announced the upcoming flight plans for today, October 19th.
- 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. for petrel monitoring from the summit of Kīlauea to Mauna Loa at about 9,000 ft. elevation
- 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. from the Volcano agricultural station into ‘Ōla‘a Tract to transport supplies to support ungulate control work
“The park regrets any noise impact to residents and park visitors. Dates and times are subject to change based on aircraft availability and weather. Management of the park requires the use of aircraft to monitor and research volcanic activity, conduct search-and-rescue missions and law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources, and to maintain backcountry facilities.”National Park Service
10:00 a.m. | Kilauea Volcano
KILAUEA VOLCANO – Eruptions continue at Kīlauea Volcano’s summit and in its East Rift Zone at Puʻu ʻŌʻō.
“Summit Observations: The summit tiltmeters showed overall inflationary tilt over the past day. The lava lake level rose slightly, but also fluctuated with changes in spattering activity. This morning the lake was roughly 55 m (180 ft) below the Overlook crater rim. Summit sulfur dioxide emission rates ranged from 780 to 6000 metric tons per day during the 2-week period ending October 13.
Puʻu ʻŌʻō Observations: Webcams show no significant change in eruptive activity at Puʻu ʻŌʻō. There was no significant change in tilt over the past day. The sulfur dioxide emission rate from all East Rift Zone vents was about 300 metric tons per day when measurements were last possible on October 2, 2015. Seismic activity is at background levels.
June 27th Lava Flow Observations: Webcam images show that the ‘June 27th’ lava flow continues to be active. Satellite imagery from this past week showed scattered breakouts between 2.2 and 6.3 km (1.4 and 3.9 mi) northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. The lava flow is not currently threatening any communities.”USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Oct. 19, 2015
SOURCE: Recent Kilauea Status Reports
10/15 | Mauna Loa Update
MAUNA LOA VOLCANO – Mauna Loa is not erupting. On September 17, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory elevated the Volcano Alert Level and Aviation Color Code for Mauna Loa to ADVISORY/YELLOW based on long-term trends in both earthquake and deformation monitoring data. A new update was posted on October 15.
“The seismicity rate is elevated above background, though at a lower weekly rate than reported in mid- to late-summer. Earthquakes occurred beneath Mauna Loa’s upper Southwest Rift Zone at depths less than 13 km (8 miles). Deformation data are still consistent with inflation of magma reservoirs beneath Mauna Loa’s summit and upper Southwest Rift Zone.”USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Oct. 15, 2015
SOURCE: Recent Mauna Loa Status Reports
10/15 | HVNP Campground Closure
HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK – Due to falling tree hazards, Nāmakanipaio cabins and campground at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park have been closed pending further evaluation. Recent heavy rain and strong winds contributed to the downing of the large eucalyptus trees.
“We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause for park visitors and the community who enjoy Nāmakanipaio,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “Safety is our number one priority in the park, and we do not want anyone to get hurt.”National Park Service
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