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What happened with Kilauea Eruption?

Kilauea Volcano was previously labeled “The Most Active Volcano In The World” and boy is Kilauea living up to that name!

Accurate eruption information is hard to find if you’re watching mainstream news stations. This page is to help you get accurate eruption information, instead of the hype from the media. First of all, in contrary to what some news outlets are putting out there, the entire road around the island is open. You can still do a circle island tour. All the heightened lava activity you have seen on the news is going on in this Eastern corner of the island, over 30 miles away from where we are located. The only roads that were covered in lava were the roads in that specific area.

Guests Traveling to Hawaii: Don’t Fear, We’re Still Here!

We would like to assure all of our incoming guests that our business is still open!  We have not been given any reason to believe we are in danger from the activity going on 30+ miles from us. Take advantage of this amazing natural phenomenon as we watch our island do what it does and grow in size.

 

Why Hawaii Volcano Eruptions Are Relatively Safe?

The volcanoes in Hawaii are Shield Volcanoes. This makes them very different from volcanoes like Mt. St. Helens. The composition of Hawaii Volcanoes are very different from most explosive volcanoes. This keeps Hawaii Volcano eruptions relatively safe to view from a distance here in Hawaii. Hawaii Volcanoes have only about 50% silica. Most explosive volcanoes has a much higher percentage of silica, causing pyroclastic eruptions. This type of eruption is a lot more explosive and dangerous, like the recent eruptions of Fuego in Guatemala.

 

Current Kilauea Lava Activity in Lower Puna, Hawaii

Check out this footage by USGS uploaded on June 5th, showing what they call “Fissure 8”

This current activity is happening along a known rift zone. USGS scientists were very clear that Kilauea Volcano has the possibility to erupt at any time from any spot at the summit, or along the east or west rift zones. “Fissure 8” is in perfect alignment with the east rift zone that stretches out to the east tip of the island.

 

What Now?

Due to the recent Eruption, as of August 2018, there is NO VISIBLE LAVA FLOWS to be seen by walking, boat tours or helicopter. However, There’re a lot of unique attractions on the Big Island that are hard to find elsewhere. Check out Top 34 Things To Do On The Big Island.

 

Great Resources for Current Eruption Information

Kilauea Volcano Daily Status Report

Webcams

Interactive Lava Map

Live Stream of Kilauea Summit

Check on Current Wind Direction

County of Hawaii Civil Defense Website

SO2 Monitoring and Vog Map

Private WebCam of Fissure 8 from Leilani Estates

 

 

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