News

PHOTOS: Monitoring Cracks for Possible Magma Movement

August 12, 2018, 8:48 PM HST
* Updated August 12, 8:49 PM
Listen to this Article
1 minute
Loading Audio...
A
A
A

The U.S. Geological Survey released the following pictures on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018.

Fissure 8 may have slowed down, but HVO scientists are still on the ground in Leilani Estates, monitoring old ground cracks and marking ones that haven’t been surveyed before.

As of Sunday, Aug. 12, no unusual changes in cracks were noted. Click to enlarge. PC: USGS

Monitoring these cracks over multiple days and help detect any new signs of magma movement beneath the ground, one of the indicators that fissures might reactivate.

Kīlauea’s Halema‘uma‘u crater was quiet again today, with only degassing from cracks and fumaroles noted by HVO observers.

Kīlauea Summit on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. Click to enlarge. PC: USGS

In this zoomed photo, the large slump block on the south side of Halema‘uma‘u still preserves a largely intact short stretch of Crater Rim Drive.

Close-up of the summit on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. Click to enlarge. PC: USGS

Comments

This comments section is a public community forum for the purpose of free expression. Although Big Island Now encourages respectful communication only, some content may be considered offensive. Please view at your own discretion. View Comments

Newsletters

Get a quick summary of what’s happening on the Big Island with our daily & weekly email of news highlights.