Saturday, May 26, 2007

Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii - John Seach

Three shallow earthquakes occurred in the upper east rift zone of Kilauea volcano on 24th May. The first earthquake, magnitude 4.7 occurred at 0913 am (local time) 2km under Puhimau crater. At 0933 am a magnitude 4.1 earthquake hit 1.5 km under Koko`olau crater, and a magnitude 3.9 earthquake hit down rift at 1051 am. The initial earthquake was the largest in the upper east rift zone in 50 years. The earthquakes are part of an earthquake cluster which began on May 12, 2007 and has hit the upper east rift, and southwest rift zones of Kilauea volcano. Lava has entered the sea at a new ocean entry at Poupou. This is located at the base of the Royal Gardens subdivision. Some lava is flowing outside the National Park boundary.
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