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USGS Volcano Status Messages:
Cleveland Daily Update issued Oct 19, 2014 12:04 Volcano Alert Level ADVISORY - Aviation Color Code YELLOW

USGS Kilauea Webcam

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Kilauea Volcano, Halema'uma'u Crater

Map by J. Johnson, 2000
Simplified map of Kilauea Volcano showing the summit caldera, southwest and east rift zones, Pu`u `O`o, roads, and several communities located on the volcano's flanks. From USGS

Halema`uma`u gas plume becomes ash-laden.
Halema`uma`u gas plume becomes ash-laden. March 24, 2008 Photo by M. Sako (Photo from USGS)

Infrared Satellite image - click for loop
Infrared Satellite image - click for loop

Kilauea is one of the world's most active volcanoes, but it is of the sort that tends to ooze lava more often than it explodes. Until March 19, 2008, the last explosive eruption from the Halema'uma'u Crater, the summit crater, occurred in 1924. But starting on March 19, a small explosion from the crater rained rock and ash over the summit. The explosion heralded further activity at the summit, including a two to four fold increase in the amount of sulfur dioxide seeping from the volcano. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory warned on March 28 that sulfur dioxide concentrations in the air downwind from the volcano were likely to be hazardous, particularly to children or those with asthma or other breathing difficulties. Even before the March 19 explosion, elevated sulfur dioxide levels prompted the National Park Service to close part of Crater Rim Drive starting in mid-February.

Current Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) Conditions from National Park Service

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Recent Volcano Observatory Activity Reports from USGS

Cleveland Daily Update issued Oct 19, 2014 12:04 Volcano Alert Level ADVISORY - Aviation Color Code YELLOW
No activity was detected in partly cloudy satellite images from today. Seismicity remains at low levels. Details...

Shishaldin Daily Update issued Oct 19, 2014 12:04 Volcano Alert Level WATCH - Aviation Color Code ORANGE
Elevated surface temperatures were detected in satellite images from today. Sound waves coupling into the ground (ground-coupled air waves) from small explosions continue to be seen occasionally in seismic data. Intermittent low level tremor was also detected in seismic data over the past day. Details...

Kilauea Daily Update issued Oct 19, 2014 09:03 Volcano Alert Level WARNING - Aviation Color Code ORANGE
Activity Summary: Kīlauea continued to erupt at its summit and within the East Rift Zone, and gas emissions remained elevated. Slow inflation at the summit switched to deflation early this morning, and the summit lava lake was at a relatively steady level. At the middle East Rift Zone, the June 27th flow remains active, with breakouts scattered near its front and about mid-way along its length. June 27th Lava Flow Observations: Glow from the June 27th flow was visible overnight via webcam, indicating that the flow remains active near its front and mid-way along its ... Details...