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Archive for May 5th, 2018

FIRE-EARTH Tectonics Watch: PRF (050502)

Posted by feww on May 5, 2018

ALN – LSH – MD – KW – 050502

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Seismotectonics of Regions L, L1, J, G, G1, H, D, O

[Issued by FIRE-EARTH Science Team.]

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KILAUEA: Eruption of lava in the Leilani Estates continues

Posted by feww on May 5, 2018


Friday, May 4, 2018, 4:04 PM HST (Saturday, May 5, 2018, 02:04 UTC)

19°25’16” N 155°17’13” W, Summit Elevation 4091 ft (1247 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Eruption of lava in the Leilani Estates subdivision in the lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano continues. Several additional eruptive fissures or vents – each several hundred yards long – have opened over the past day. No significant lava flows have yet formed. Spatter and lava are accumulating primarily within a few tens of yards of the vent.

The sixth and most recent fissure is on the eastern edge of the subdivision. Not all fissure vents remain active and no far-traveled lava flows have formed.

For maps showing the locations of these features, please see

HVO geologists will be in the area overnight to track additional activity that may occur, and other scientists are closely tracking the volcano’s overall activity using various monitoring data streams.

Seismicity and deformation are consistent with continued accumulation of magma within the rift zone. Additional outbreaks of lava are expected.

Residents should remain informed and heed Hawaii County Civil Defense messages (

ABOVE: A new lava fissure (Fissure 2) commenced around 1:00 am HST on Kīlauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone on Makamae and Leilani Streets in the Leilani Estates subdivision. Spatter was being thrown roughly 30 m (about 100 ft) high at the time of this photo. Copious amounts of sulfur dioxide gas, which should be avoided, is emitted from active fissures. The eruption is dynamic and changes could occur with little warning. TOP: Steaming cracks at 5:57 a.m. HST in Leilani Estates subdivision, moments before Fissure 3 opened up on Kaupili Street. [USGS/HVO]

Fissure 3 at Leilani and Kaupili Streets in Leilani Estates subdivision at 8:07 a.m. HST today. Lava on the road was approximately 2 m (about 2 yd) thick. [USGS/HVO]

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M6.9 EQ Strikes Big Island, Hawaii

Posted by feww on May 5, 2018

PTR – 050502

Strong Earthquake Rattles Hilo, HI

EQ Details:

Magnitude: 6.9 mww
Location: 19.370°N, 155.032°W [16km SW of Leilani Estates, Hawaii; about 28km south of Hilo]
Depth: 5.0 km
2018-05-04 22:32:55 UTC

No. of Recorded Aftershocks: >160
Largest aftershock:
M 5.4 – 18km SW of Leilani Estates, Hawaii
Location: 19.342°N 155.032°W
Depth: 6.9 km
Time: 2018-05-04 21:32:44 (UTC)


  • NO Tsunami Threat from the EQ, or its aftershocks, as of posting.


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