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Kīlauea Eruption Update: Higher Rate Despite Pauses

3:05 AM · Jan 21, 2022

Kīlauea's current eruption has now produced 12 billion gallons or 45 million cubic meters of lava in the nearly 4 months since September 29, 2021, exceeding the total output from its previous 5-month summit activity. Further, the average effusion rate appears to have increased compared to the previous month, this despite short pauses in the eruption still occurring every few days. These continue to be minor changes, with no change in threat to people. We review webcams, photos, monitoring signals and reports courtesy of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, as well as our own time-lapse productions from their images. This week includes a little more coverage of gas output and earthquakes, due to a new USGS presentation and the recent seismic activity beneath the summit. We briefly touch on Maunaloa's renewed quiet (and history of small summit explosions through this week's Volcano Watch), 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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