Hawaii has been making the national news a lot lately, first with the eruptions of Kilauea and then with Hurricane Lane threatening to make landfall. 2018 has definitely been an interesting year here in the Aloha State! Kilauea has technically been an active volcano since 1983 and made the news again this summer with some explosive activity. Read below to find out more about the most recent eruptions of Kilauea, or check out our previous blog if you want to learn more about the history of Kilauea.
- Beginning April 25th, 2018 - The lake of lava inside Halema’uma’u crater overflows repeatedly.
- April 30th, 2018 - The Crater floor at Pu’u ‘Ō‘ō collapses resulting in increased seismic activity.
- May 4th, 2018 - A new eruption in the lower east rift zone occurred, resulting in required evacuations of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions. Several new fissures formed resulting in cracked ground, lava fountains, and strong volcanic gas emission. Several earthquakes also occurred including a 6.9 magnitude quake.
- May 17, 2018 - A large explosion at the summit creates an ash plume 30,000 feet in altitude making it the largest eruption of Kilauea since 1924.
- May - July 2018 - Eruptions continue at Leilani estates with new fissures opening up consistently, resulting in over 20 fissures, several of these fissures fountaining lava into the air. Some of the lava flows from these fissures slowly traveled across land, eventually reaching the ocean. The most active of these fissures is fissure 8.
- August 2018 - Since early August 2018, eruptive activity has decreased and Kilauea remains quiet for now. Sadly, lava flows destroyed more than 700 homes, but fortunately no lives were lost. The lava covered 6,100 acres of land and added 700 acres of new land were lava entered the ocean.