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Report on Kilauea (United States) — 4 May-10 May 2005


Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report,
4 May-10 May 2005
Managing Editor: Gari Mayberry

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 2005. Report on Kilauea (United States). In: Mayberry, G (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 4 May-10 May 2005. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.

Weekly Report (4 May-10 May 2005)


United States

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

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)

A third ocean entry, in the East Lae`apuki area, became active on 5 May. That entry and the Far East Lae`apuki entry were both being fed by lava falls down the old sea cliff and were relatively small. Based of the brighter glow, the Kamoamoa entry was thought to be more substantial. By the morning of 9 May lava was treaming over the old sea cliff in four locations; two falls fed ocean entries and two were falling onto an old delta. The branch of the PKK flow feeding East Lae`apuki was full of breakouts on 9 May. The next day the middle branch of the PKK flow developed an open-channel stream on the Pulama pali 10-20 m wide, 500-600 m long, and moving rapidly. Volcanic tremor remained at moderate levels at Pu`u `O`o. Episodes of inflation and deflation occurred during the week.

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)