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Kīlauea Eruption Update: More Pauses, Spattering in Northeast, February 3, 2022

3:05 AM · Feb 4, 2022

The summit eruption of Kīlauea continues much as before, with pauses continuing to interrupt effusive pulses, with the western lake filling and draining each time. The newest developments are large ooze-up flows in the north and northeast of the crusted-over Halemaʻumaʻu crater floor, the latter building two spatter cones and issuing flows that are visible from the northern caldera rim, at Uēkahuna within Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. These continue to be minor changes, with no change in threat to people. We review monitoring signals, webcams, multimedia, and reports courtesy of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, as well as our own time-lapse productions from their images. This week includes extra discussion of flames from the West Vent, and whether spattering in the northeast might be considered a new vent. We look at earthquakes and patterns on Maunaloa, as well as the deep Pāhala cluster, and this week's Volcano Watch which ponders the cause of eruptive pauses, discuss live viewer questions, and annotate the presentation as usual. This program is brought to you in part by a grant from the Hawaiʻi Island Strong Fund of the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation in partnership with the County of Hawaiʻi, and from donations from viewers like you.

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