Saturday, June 11, 2005
Kilauea volcano erupts!
This is a beautiful picture of Kilauea volcano in eruption.
This morning's activity is a clone of yesterday's. The three branches of the PKK flow all have visible breakouts on and below Pulama pali. The west is the largest, the east is in second place, and the middle, at an intermediate level on the pali, is the smallest. The front of the west branch is the lowest, at about the 300-foot elevation.
Both ocean entry areas are active this morning, with East Lae`apuki much the larger, having at least three places where lava is actually pouring off the delta into the water.
All vents are incandescent in Pu`u` O`o's crater this morning, though often hidden by rain.
Background volcanic tremor remains above the norm at Kilauea's summit. Volcanic tremor is at a moderate level at Pu`u `O`o.
The summit continues to inflate slowly. Uwekahuna shows about 1.3 microradians of inflation since June 4. The tilt at Pu`u `O`o has averaged flat over the past 24 hours, dropping sharply at midday yesterday but recovering by midnight. The spikey nature of the Pu`u `O`o tilt is something that has characterized that record for many month.