Wednesday, May 23, 2018

USA, Hawaii: Lava is Ponding Near Puna Geothermal Venture

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Status Report (U.S. Geological Survey)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 10:22 PM HST (Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 08:22 UTC)

Eruption of lava and ground cracking continues in the area of Leilani Estates subdivision.

Over the course of the day, the most active eruptive activity in the Lower East Rift Zone shifted to the middle portion of the system of fissures. The most active fissures were 22,19, 6, 5, and 23. Fissure 17, at the northeastern end of the fissure system is only weakly active now. Fissure 6 is feeding a flow to the south, roughly parallel to the western flow from fissure 22. Fountaining of fissures 5 and 23 fed flows in the eastern part of Leilani Estates.

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