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USGS: Lower East Rift Zone Fissures Continue Erupting

May 16, 2018, 11:06 AM HST
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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports that the Lower East Rift Zone continues to erupt.

This video shows spattering at fissure 18, Kīlauea Volcano’s Lower East Rift Zone, at approximately 2 a.m on May 16, 2018. The audio captures the sounds of explosions and burning vegetation.

 

USGS Photo of Lava spattering area from an area between fissures 16 and 20 photographed at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

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Same area between fissures 16 and 20 at 9:33 a.m. By the time geologists reached the site on foot, the spattering had died down and they were only hearing gas rushing sounds.

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View uprift from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory overflight this morning at 8:25 a.m. Note sulfur dioxide plumes rising from the fissures along the rift and accumulating in the cloud deck. Winds are calm today.

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