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USGS Volcano Status Messages:
Kilauea Status Report issued Oct 31, 2014 17:59 Volcano Alert Level WARNING - Aviation Color Code ORANGE
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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


Kilauea Status Report issued Oct 31, 2014 17:59 Volcano Alert Level WARNING - Aviation Color Code ORANGE
Scientists of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory conducted aerial and ground observations of the June 27th lava flow on Friday, October 31, 2014. As of 5:45 PM, HST, the leading edge of the flow had not advanced, although there were several small breakouts oozing from the flow behind the leading edge. The breakout in the forested area just downslope of the Pāhoa cemetery advanced by over 140 meters (153 yards) over the past 24 hours. By 5:45 PM it had breached a fence line marking private property. The active lobe near the Pāhoa transfer station was within 25 meters (27 ... Details...

Cleveland Weekly Update issued Oct 31, 2014 12:29 Volcano Alert Level ADVISORY - Aviation Color Code YELLOW
No activity was observed in mostly cloudy satellite and webcam images in the past week. Seismicity remains at low levels. Details...

Shishaldin Weekly Update issued Oct 31, 2014 12:29 Volcano Alert Level WATCH - Aviation Color Code ORANGE
The low-level eruptive activity at Shishaldin Volcano increased over the past week and continues. Strong periods of tremor began to be recorded on October 25 along with elevated surface temperatures at the summit. The activity was also recorded on regional infrasound arrays. During clear webcam views, deposits of dark ash and ballistics were visible covering the summit. A steam and gas plume was observed in a satellite image on October 25, but there have been no observations or reports of ash clouds. Tremor continues, and the overall seismicity remains elevated. Over the past 24 hours ... Details...

Kilauea Daily Update issued Oct 31, 2014 08:02 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. As of Friday morning, the leading edge of the June 27th lava flow is stalled in a residential area approximately 155 meters (170 yards) above Pāhoa Village Road. Scattered breakouts of lava are active in several areas behind the leading edge. DI deflation continues at the summit, and the level of the summit lava lake has dropped as a result. June 27th Lava Flow Observations: HVO scientists monitored the distal end of the June 27th lava ... Details...

Cascade Range Weekly Update issued Oct 31, 2014 09:44 Volcano Alert Level NORMAL - Aviation Color Code GREEN
Activity Update: All volcanoes in the Cascade Range of Oregon and Washington are at normal levels of background seismicity. These include Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Adams in Washington State; and Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, Three Sisters, Newberry, and Crater Lake in Oregon. Recent Observations: The onset of winter storms, especially in the past week, has generated a lot of noise on seismic instrumentation in the Cascades. Although seismic activity at most volcanoes remains at background levels, the onset of these storms has induced notable minor ... Details...

Kilauea Status Report issued Oct 30, 2014 18:17 Volcano Alert Level WARNING - Aviation Color Code ORANGE
Scientists of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory conducted ground observations of the June 27th lava flow on Thursday, October 30, 2014. As of 5 PM, HST, the leading edge of the flow had stalled approximately 155 meters (170 yards) in a straight line distance from Pāhoa Village Road. The flow advanced only about 30 meters (33 yards) over the past 24 hours. The leading edge is inflated with a few small oozing breakouts just behind the flow front, however, so it is possible that the flow may advance again without warning. A new outbreak of lava occurred from the northern margin of ... Details...

Pagan Weekly Update issued Oct 31, 2014 10:03 Volcano Alert Level ADVISORY - Aviation Color Code YELLOW
Seismic, infrasound, and web camera data from Pagan Volcano remain temporarily unavailable. A typical steam and gas plume was observed in some satellite images over the past week. Volcanic gas from Pagan may be noticed downwind of the volcano as a distinctive sulfurous odor. Additional information about volcanic gas and vog can be found on the web at this address: http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/hazards/FAQ_SO2-Vog-Ash/main.html Access to the island may be restricted by the CNMI government. Contact the EMO for the latest information. Details...

Cleveland Daily Update issued Oct 30, 2014 12:40 Volcano Alert Level ADVISORY - Aviation Color Code YELLOW
No activity was observed in cloudy satellite and webcam images in the past 24 hours. Seismicity remains at low levels. Details...

Shishaldin Daily Update issued Oct 30, 2014 12:40 Volcano Alert Level WATCH - Aviation Color Code ORANGE
The ongoing low-level eruptive activity at Shishaldin Volcano continues. Strong periods of tremor continue to be recorded and overall seismicity remains elevated. Over the past 24 hours nothing unusual was observed in mostly cloudy satellite images. The webcamera view was mostly obscured by clouds except for a short period yesterday late afternoon when a clear image appears to show a small steam cap over the summit. Details...

Kilauea Daily Update issued Oct 30, 2014 09:35 Volcano Alert Level WARNING - Aviation Color Code ORANGE
Activity Summary: Kīlauea continues to erupt at its summit and within its East Rift Zone. Gas emissions have remained elevated. The June 27th lava flow in the East Rift Zone continues to advance, at variable rates, to the northeast through a residential area between Apaʻa St/Cemetery Rd and Pāhoa Village Road. As of 5:30 am this morning, the leading edge of the flow had advanced a distance of roughly 100 m (~110 yards) through the past 24 hours, with the flow remaining roughly 150 m (~167 yards) from Pahoa Village Road. Behind the flow front, there continue to be active ... Details...

Kilauea Status Report issued Oct 29, 2014 17:52 Volcano Alert Level WARNING - Aviation Color Code ORANGE
Scientists of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory conducted ground and aerial observations of the June 27th lava flow on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. The flow continued to move through private property today. The leading edge of the flow was advancing about 10 m (11 yd) per hour this afternoon, but has been variable in the past 24 hours. The flow moved downslope about 125 m (136 yd) since 5 pm yesterday. The flow width was less than about 50 meters (55 yards) at the leading edge. As of 4:15 pm, the flow was about 185 m (202 yd) in a straight line distance from Pāhoa Village Road and ... Details...