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Kīlauea Eruption Update: Steady Activity & Viewing

3:04 AM · May 13, 2022

Kīlauea appears to have recently settled into a pattern of steady circulation in its small, persistent lava lake combined with large lava flows that ooze up from beneath the hardened crater floor near its perimeter. This past week, viewing was reliable from multiple overlooks within Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, continuing a long period of no increased volcanic threat to people. We share time-lapse, images and video illustrating these views and recent changes, using webcams, monitoring data and reports courtesy of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, highlighting the graphics and discussing live viewer questions as we go. This week we spend a little more time on deep earthquakes beneath Kīlauea and the Pāhala region closer to Maunaloa, expanding on the USGS Volcano Watch article this week. Remembering 2018, we share and reflect on an IRIS educational short video on the collapse of the caldera, drone usage during the eruption, and our memories and feelings 4 years later, always keeping in mind those impacted by those events. 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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