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New Activity at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Mar 2011

For those of you who have been out of touch for the last 48-hours or so, new volcanic activity within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park over the weekend has caused the park to close off an area within 1 mile of the eruptions.

Activity within Halemaumau Crater has been on-going for the last week or two and continues today.  The most active site over the last several years has been Pu’u ‘O’o Crater and  has increased its activity, as well as a break-out of activity along the Kilauea east rift-line about 1.25-2 miles to the west.

Previous outbreaks of activity have recently been to the east side of Pu’u ‘O’o Crater, but currently, there is no activity to the east.  And, to the disappointment of many, there is also no flow into the sea presently.

Lava fountains reaching 100′ high have been reported, although it appears to have settled down in the 35-65’ range.

This is a view from a temporary webcam set up by the Hawaii Volcano Observatory, overlooking Halemaumau Crater.   It does breakdown and is not always repaired immediately, so you may not see anything.  (Keep in mind the time difference, if it appears dark there.  And, this is a good time to mention that Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time, so time difference between Hawaii and the east coast will be 6-hours, as of Sun, March 13.)

This is the site for Pu’u ‘O’o crater, again, set up by the Hawaii Volcano Observatory, facing the south wall of the crater.  Again, due to its remote location, breakdowns in the equipment is common and is not repaired immediately.

Another video courtesy of Associated Press:

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