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USGS Volcano Status Messages:
Cleveland Daily Update issued Sep 22, 2014 12:57 Volcano Alert Level ADVISORY - Aviation Color Code YELLOW
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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 Sep 22, 2014 12:57 Volcano Alert Level ADVISORY - Aviation Color Code YELLOW
Elevated surface temperatures were observed at the summit over the past day. Web camera images were obscured by clouds. No significant activity noted in seismic data. Details...

Shishaldin Daily Update issued Sep 22, 2014 12:57 Volcano Alert Level WATCH - Aviation Color Code ORANGE
Low-level eruptive activity may be continuing. Elevated surface temperatures were observed in the summit crater over the past day. Web camera images were obscured by clouds. No significant activity noted in seismic data. Details...

Kilauea Daily Update issued Sep 22, 2014 09:00 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. Summit deflation slowed over the past day, and the lava lake level was relatively stable and low. At the middle East Rift Zone, the front of the June 27th flow slowed to a stop, but the flow remains active farther upslope within Kaohe Homesteads. Surface breakouts are also present closer to Puʻu ʻŌʻō. June 27th Lava Flow Observations: A Civil Defense overflight this morning found little advancement or activity along the ... Details...

Cleveland Daily Update issued Sep 21, 2014 12:42 Volcano Alert Level ADVISORY - Aviation Color Code YELLOW
Elevated temperatures and minor steaming at the summit were seen in satellite and web camera imagery today. Seismicity remains low. Details...

Shishaldin Daily Update issued Sep 21, 2014 12:42 Volcano Alert Level WATCH - Aviation Color Code ORANGE
Elevated temperatures at the summit were seen in satellite imagery today. Seismicity remains low. Low-level eruptive activity may be continuing. Details...

Kilauea Daily Update issued Sep 21, 2014 09:31 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. Summit deflation occurred over the past day, with a slight drop in lava level. At the middle East Rift Zone, the June 27th flow is active within Kaohe Homesteads, and surface breakouts are also present closer to Puʻu ʻŌʻō. June 27th Lava Flow Observations: The June 27th lava flow remains active, with reduced activity at the flow front. A Civil Defense overflight this morning observed that the flow front has advanced only ... Details...