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Report on Kilauea (United States) — 1 August-7 August 2007


Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report,
1 August-7 August 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, 1 August-7 August 2007. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.

Weekly Report (1 August-7 August 2007)


United States

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

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)

HVO reported that two of the four fissures from Kilauea's 21 July fissure eruption remained active during 1-7 August. The four fissures, A, B, C, and D, consecutively segment an approximately 2 km-long line that trends NE; fissure A is to the SE and fissure D is to the NE. During the reporting period, fissure C minimally fed a perched lava pond. Fissure D fed a NE-advancing 'a'a lava flow that was an estimated 3.5 km long on 1 August. The 'a'a flow entered the forest on 6 August as evident by smoke near the flow front.

Fuming was seen on Pu'u 'O'o's crater web camera images on 4, 5, and 7 August. A few small earthquakes were located beneath Halema'uma'u crater, the S flank, and an area offshore between Kilauea and Lo'ihi during 1-7 August.

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)