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VIDEO: Lava flows! Explosions! Rockfalls at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano!

Kilauea_lava_flows_Hawaii_videoHawaii's Kilauea volcano hasn’t been making the kind of worldwide headlines it did in the spring and summer of 2008— when underground lava and ocean water regularly met with explosive force on the Puna coastline, and high sulfur dioxide levels forced the closure of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park twice in one month.

But that doesn’t mean the still very active Big Island of Hawaii volcano hasn’t been up to anything worth noting.

Though less reported on—likely for being somewhat less than explosive—activity at Kilauea summit’s Halemaumau crater vent continues. The steam and ash plume rising from the vent since March 2008, though less consistently voluminous, still emanates from an expanding crack in the crater floor. And the evening glow made by lava deep within the vent— though significantly less luminous after a July wall collapse—has sporadically returned, too.

On the Puna coastline, molten lava continues to create new land as it enters the ocean—with less explosive drama—through an underground delta of tubes.

Perhaps intent on proving that even a somewhat cooled down Kilauea is still, well, pretty cool, geologists at summit Hawaii Volcano Observatory have recently taken to sharing more video of the day-to-day goings on at the volcano—photographed with heavily-reinforced United States Geological Survey field cameras like the one in the photo above.

On this and the next few pages, you’ll find five of our favorite recent videos from the HVO crew (just click on the frames, to view the videos):

Pahoehoe flow at Royal Gardens Subdivision
Oct. 1, 2009


A finger of pahoehoe (smooth) lava flows into an old skylight at the top of the Royal Gardens subdivision. The subdivision overlooking the Puna coastline is now almost completely inundated by a quarter-century of  lava flows from Kilauea volcano’s Puu Oo vent. (Click on frame above to view the video.)

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Check out these related HawaiiMagazine.com posts:
Historic Hawaii volcano video
Hawaii’s still very active Kilauea volcano sends lava flow into Kalapana
VIDEO: Vigorous lava spattering in crater vent at Kilauea volcano’s summit

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