Thursday, March 20, 2008

Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii - John Seach

An explosive eruption occurred on 19th March, local time, at Halema`uma`u Crater at the summit of Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii. This is the first explosive eruption in the summit crater since 1924. The explosion occurred at the location of the new gas vent which formed last week. The eruption was probably phreatic, and created a crater 30 m in diameter. Debris was thrown as far as Crater Rim Drive near Halema`uma`u parking area. Crater Rim Drive has been closed recently due to high level of gas emission in the area.
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