Kilauea puts on ‘fireworks’ show northeast of Pu’u ‘O’o crater

Kilauea lava time lapse courtesy Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
Kilauea lava time lapse courtesy Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Scientists report Kilauea’s Kahaualea 2 flow is still active northeast of Pu’u ‘O’o crater. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the flow front has focused into a new lobe that is slowly migrating through thick forest, triggering scattered forest fires.

A time-lapse sequence of activity at the northeast spatter cone in Pu’u ‘O’o crater on February 9-10 shows rapid fluctuations in the height of the lava pond, caused by gas pistoning, or the gradual buildup and release of gas in the pond.

Scientists say the plastic housing for the time-lapse camera was warped by the extreme heat.

Read the observatory’s full report here.

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