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

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

Please cite this report as:

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

Volcano Profile |  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.

Geologic Background. Kilauea, which overlaps the E flank of the massive Mauna Loa shield volcano, has been Hawaii's most active volcano during historical time. Eruptions are prominent in Polynesian legends; written documentation extending back to only 1820 records frequent summit and flank lava flow eruptions that were interspersed with periods of long-term lava lake activity that lasted until 1924 at Halemaumau crater, within the summit caldera. The 3 x 5 km caldera was formed in several stages about 1500 years ago and during the 18th century; eruptions have also originated from the lengthy East and SW rift zones, which extend to the sea on both sides of the volcano. About 90% of the surface of the basaltic shield volcano is formed of lava flows less than about 1100 years old; 70% of the volcano's surface is younger than 600 years. A long-term eruption from the East rift zone that began in 1983 has produced lava flows covering more than 100 km2, destroying nearly 200 houses and adding new coastline to the island.

Source: US Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO)