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PHOTOS: No Collapse Events Since Aug. 2

August 17, 2018, 12:58 PM HST
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The U.S. Geological Survey reports that Kīlauea Volcano’s summit, seen here from the northeast rim of the caldera, has remained quiet, with no collapse events since Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018.

Kīlauea Volcano’s summit on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Click to enlarge. PC: USGS

It remains too soon to tell if this diminished activity represents a temporary lull or the end of summit collapses. HVO continues to record detailed visual observations and monitor seismic, deformation, and gas data for any indications of possible renewed activity.

Kīlauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone

View of Isaac Hale Beach Park during the overflight on Friday Aug. 17, 2018.

Pohoiki on Aug. 17, 2018. Click to enlarge. PC: USGS

Black sand transported to the southwest by longshore currents now blocks the entrance to the Pohoiki boat ramp.


Lava continues to ooze into the ocean at scattered entries, mainly near Ahalanui, but also at Kapoho (shown here).

Ocean entry on Aug. 17, 2018. Click to enlarge. PC: USGS


The Fissure 8 lava channel remains inactive and continues to cool. The channel levee (far left) now stands about 26 feet above the surface of formerly active lava (right).

Click to enlarge. PC: USGS

Although lava is not erupting from Fissure 8, the flow field includes large areas of still-hot, rugged, and unstable lava surfaces.

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