Scientist Struggle To Predict The End Of Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Eruption

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News Alert – Scientist Struggle To Predict The End Of Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Eruption (TTM)
Colleagues at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo have been acting as partners side-by-side with USGS scientists throughout the eruption response. One of their contributions has been to analyze lava samples for chemical composition. This helps us better understand how lava will behave and how fast it will move as its erupted. In turn, we are able to better forecast possible lava-flow hazards. Seismicity increased overnight, climbing to about 40 events per hour with up to 5 magnitude-3+ earthquakes per hour. Many of these earthquakes were felt in the Volcano area. Inward slumping of the rim and walls of Halema`uma`u continues in response to ongoing subsidence at the summit. Sulfur dioxide emissions from the volcano’s summit have dropped to levels that are about half those measured prior to the onset of the current episode of eruptive activity. This gas and minor amounts of ash are being transported downwind, with small bursts of ash and gas accompanying intermittent explosive activity.
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues with little change in the lower East Rift Zone. The flow from Fissure 8 continues to enter the ocean at Kapoho Bay, producing a large laze plume. The National Weather Service reports heavy vog is blanketing the interior and southern parts of the island, impacting Hilo and wrapping around to Kona through the weekend. Due to the air quality conditions, the following guidance is given: Do continue to be on the alert for air quality conditions around you. Limit outside activities and stay indoors if you have breathing issues. If you feel the effects of sulfur dioxide exposure shelter-in-place or leave the immediate area.

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