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Report on Kilauea (United States) — 24 January-30 January 2007


Smithsonian Institution / US Geological Survey
Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 24 January-30 January 2007
Managing Editor: Sally Sennert.

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 2007. Report on Kilauea (United States) (Sennert, S, ed.). Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 24 January-30 January 2007. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.

Weekly Report (24 January-30 January 2007)


United States

19.421°N, 155.287°W; summit elev. 1222 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)

During 24-30 January, lava from Kilauea continued to flow from lava deltas into the ocean at the East Lae'apuki, Kamokuna, and East Ka'ili'ili entries. Incandescence was intermittently visible on the pali and from several vents in Pu'u 'O'o's crater. Breakout lava from the Campout flow advanced about 1.6 km per hour on 24 January. The USGS field crew noticed several small breakouts of lava from the Campout flow at the base of the pali that flowed E and burned trees near the long-abandoned Royal Gardens subdivision. Tremor near Pu'u 'O'o increased to a moderate level.

Geological Summary. Kilauea overlaps the E flank of the massive Mauna Loa shield volcano in the island of Hawaii. Eruptions are prominent in Polynesian legends; written documentation since 1820 records frequent summit and flank lava flow eruptions interspersed with periods of long-term lava lake activity at Halemaumau crater in the summit caldera until 1924. The 3 x 5 km caldera was formed in several stages about 1,500 years ago and during the 18th century; eruptions have also originated from the lengthy East and Southwest rift zones, which extend to the ocean in both directions. About 90% of the surface of the basaltic shield volcano is formed of lava flows less than about 1,100 years old; 70% of the surface is younger than 600 years. The long-term eruption from the East rift zone between 1983 and 2018 produced lava flows covering more than 100 km2, destroyed hundreds of houses, and added new coastline.

Source: US Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO)