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The first five years of Kīlauea’s summit eruption in Halema‘uma‘u Crater, 2008–2013

Fact Sheet 2013-3116

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DOI: 10.3133/fs20133116

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Abstract

The eruption in Halema‘uma‘u Crater that began in March 2008 is the longest summit eruption of Kīlauea Volcano, on the Island of Hawai‘i, since 1924. From the time the eruption began, the new "Overlook crater" inside Halema‘uma‘u has exhibited fluctuating lava lake activity, occasional small explosive events, and a persistent gas plume. The beautiful nighttime glow impresses and thrills visitors in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, but the continuous emission of sulfur dioxide gas produces "vog" (volcanic smog) that can severely affect communities and local agriculture downwind. U.S. Geological Survey scientists continue to closely monitor the eruption and assess ongoing hazards.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
The first five years of Kīlauea’s summit eruption in Halema‘uma‘u Crater, 2008–2013
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2013-3116
DOI:
10.3133/fs20133116
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Volcano Science Center-Menlo Park
Description:
4 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Hawai'i
Other Geospatial:
Halema�uma�u Crater