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Kīlauea Eruption Update & National Park/USGS Recovery Plans

3:03 AM · Feb 18, 2022

Another week of eruption with two brief pauses within Halemaʻumaʻu crater continues the recent pattern at Kīlauea's summit, with surface lava persistent within the west pond rising and falling in sync with pressure changes on the volcano. Great viewing with Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is captured and shared by viewer video submissions of lava fountains, rapids, hydrogen flames. Gas emissions continue to reflect lava output, and remain the most significant impact to island people, with otherwise no change in current volcanic threat. Our time-lapse of the week shows lava bursting out of the middle of the hardened crater floor, east of the main island near where the original fissures began this eruption over 4 months ago, and the curiosity of the week is the growth of the west pond pit through wall collapses. We review media, monitoring signals including earthquakes, and reports courtesy of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, focusing mainly on Kīlauea but also including Maunaloa's return to background activity these past weeks. As usual we include custom time-lapses produced from USGS images annotated live, and discuss live viewer questions as we go. Special this week for the second part of the broadcast, we review and discuss: - “Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park - Disaster Recovery Project” by National Park Service seeking public input on building a new Visitor Center and USGS field station - “HVO's ongoing recovery from the 2018 Kīlauea events” by David Phillips, USGS-HVO Deputy Scientist-In-Charge, from Volcano Awareness Month 2022

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