Over the past four months, the entire nation has watched Hawaii’s landscape transform due to the volcanic activity of Kilauea. What should residents and visitors expect now? Is the area safe? Your Hawaii fishing charter service offers the following overview of events to keep you updated on the state of Kilauea. This dramatic timeline demonstrates just how quickly this dynamic area can change.
Kilauea Activity Timeline
- April 17, 2018: The magma system of Kilauea experienced increased pressure. The crater floor rose, and the summit went through increased inflation.
- April 26, 2018: The lava lake overflowed onto the crater floor at the summit.
- April 30, 2018: The crater floor collapsed.
- May 2, 2018: The summit lava lake began to drop, and a series of earthquakes moved east. A fissure opened along the lower east rift zone in a residential area.
- May 4, 2018: The largest of a series of earthquakes occurred, registering 6.9 on the Richter scale.
- May 3-6, 2018: A total of 10 fissures opened in the east rift zone.
- May 15, 2018: The number of open fissures increased to 20.
- May 17, 2018: The largest ash plume generated thus far by the activity rose 30,000 feet above sea level.
- May 19, 2018: Lava began to move toward the ocean in the southeast.
- May 29, 2018: Lava flows began to move northeast toward Kapoho Bay.
- May 5-June 6, 2018: The overlook crater expanded from 12 acres to over 90 acres.
As the summit has subsided and adjusted to lava withdrawal, the area has experienced a series of earthquakes, explosions and ash plumes. As of August 9, 2018, the activity and lava output have declined. No signs of reactivation or new intrusion are present at Fissure 8. Several fissures continue to steam. Crews continue to monitor these areas for any signs of activity. One lava pond appears to be shrinking.
The Kilauea summit currently remains quiet. The only activity is an occasional minor rockfall. The area is experiencing low rates of seismic activity. Gradual deflation is the only remaining deformation occurring at the summit.
The changes still occurring throughout the area create hazardous conditions in some places. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) crews and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) teams plan to keep the area under close observation for the foreseeable future.
Despite the lessened activity, Kilauea continues to change the landscape of Hawaii. Residents and visitors should remain informed of the situation and heed all Hawaii County Civil Defense warnings and updates.
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Are you curious how the Kilauea activity has affected the wildlife of Hawaii? Your Hawaii fishing charter service is happy to answer any additional questions you have about the current state of this region. We have over 20 years of experience in the fishing charter business and would love to share our in-depth knowledge with those who are interested in learning more about the industry and the area. Reach out to our expert team today with any questions or to make arrangements for your next charter.