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Eruption at Kīlauea Picks Back Up

November 10, 2021, 6:39 AM HST
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Photo courtesy of J.Tarson (taken the morning of Nov. 9, 2021

The eruption at Kīlauea has reinflated after diminishing lava flow.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports increased flow started from Monday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. to midnight, resulting in increased lava lake growth.

Lava continues to erupt from a single vent in the western wall of Halemaʻumaʻu crater. As of Tuesday, Nov. 9, the western end of the lake showed a maximum elevation of approximately 2,621 feet above sea level and a total increase of about 184 feet since lava emerged on Sept. 29.

Eruptive activity has increased from the diminished level reported Monday. Webcams show spatter and ponded lava within the west vent and an increase in the area of active lava at the surface of the lava lake to an extent similar to that observed prior to the decrease in activity on Sunday, Nov. 7.

The total erupted volume since the beginning of the eruption was estimated to be about 7.5 billion gallons on Nov. 3.

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Volcanic activity can change at any time. Check the park website here for information on air quality, viewing areas, and how to plan ahead for a safe and fun visit. 

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