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Kilauea volcano eruptive phase - May 2018

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, which has been continuously erupting since 1983, began a new eruptive phase on May 3, 2018. This eruptive episode has involved the draining of the lava lake at Kilauea Halemaumau crater, and has resulted in fissure eruptions in along the East Rift Zone flowing to the sea now known as the 2018 Lower Puna Eruption.  On May 17, 2018 there was an explosive eruption at the Halemaumau crater throwing ash 30,000 ft into the air. Since that time magnitude 5+ earthquakes have been occurring regularly at the summit.