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Earthquake and eruption of Kīlauea Volcano in the United States

Monday, 07 May 2018

Type of Event:
Volcano and Earthquake
Location of Event:
United States of America
Date of Charter Activation:
2018-05-07
Time of Charter Activation:
15:14
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC-05:00
Charter Requestor:
US Geological Survey on behalf of USGS Hawaii Volcano Observatory / Cascades Volcano Observatory
Activation ID:
571
Project Management:
USGS

Description of the event

Kīlauea Volcano in Hawaii erupted on 4 May, and the island also experienced a magnitude 6.9 earthquake on the same day. 2000 people have been evacuated from the area and hundreds of homes in the path of the eruption are at risk, but no casualties have been reported.

The volcano is located on Hawaii's Big Island, and has been active for decades. Authorities have reported that 35 buildings have been destroyed in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens areas, where 12 fissures and volcanic vents opened in the East Rift Zone of the volcano. Lava erupted as high as 70m from the vents in some areas and caused lava to stream through the streets. The extent of the lava has been reported as 36,000 square metres at the most active fissure.

High quantities of sulphur dioxide from the volcano are posing another hazard to residents, as the gas is toxic to breathe. Residents have been urged not to return to the affected areas until conditions have improved.

Many aftershocks have occurred following the 6.9 magnitude earthquake, but it has been reported that the activity is decreasing.

Follow the latest updates on Kīlauea's status from USGS.

Damage assessment map of Kīlauea Volcano and the upper east rift zone

Source: TerraSAR-X
Acquired: 22/05/2018

Copyright: TerraSAR-X © DLR e. V. 2018, Distribution: Airbus DS Geo GmbH
Map produced by USGS

Damage assessment map of Kīlauea Volcano and the lower east rift zone

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 22/05/2018

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2018) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by USGS

Damage assessment map of Kīlauea Volcano and the upper east rift zone

Source: TerraSAR-X
Acquired: 22/05/2018

Copyright: TerraSAR-X © DLR e. V. 2018, Distribution: Airbus DS Geo GmbH
Map produced by USGS

Damage assessment map of Kīlauea Volcano and the lower east rift zone

Source: WorldView-3
Acquired: 20/05/2018

Copyright: WorldView-3 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by USGS

Damage assessment map of Kīlauea Volcano and the lower east rift zone

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 14/05/2018

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2018) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by USGS

Damage assessment map of Kīlauea Volcano and the lower east rift zone

Source: WorldView-3
Acquired: 13/05/2018

Copyright: WorldView-3 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by USGS

Damage assessment map of Kīlauea Volcano and the upper east rift zone

Source: RADARSAT-2
Acquired: 10/04/2018

Copyright: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © Maxar Technologies Ltd. (2018) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Map produced by USGS

Damage assessment map of Kīlauea Volcano and the upper east rift zone

Source: KOMPSAT-5
Acquired: 14/04/2018 & 09/05/2018

Copyright: KOMPSAT-5 © KARI 2018
Map produced by USGS

Damage assessment map of Kīlauea Volcano and the upper east rift zone

Source: TerraSAR-X
Acquired: 06/05/2018

Copyright: TerraSAR-X © DLR e. V. 2018, Distribution: Airbus DS Geo GmbH
Map produced by USGS

Damage assessment map of Kīlauea Volcano and the lower east rift zone

Source: Terra
Acquired: 06/05/2018

Copyright: © NASA 2018
Map produced by USGS

Damage assessment map of Kīlauea Volcano and the lower east rift zone

Source: LISS-III
Acquired: 06/05/2018

Copyright: LISS-III © ISRO 2018
Map produced by USGS

Damage assessment map of Kīlauea Volcano and the lower east rift zone

Source: ALOS-2
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 02/02/2018
Mid-disaster: 08/05/2018

Copyright: ALOS-2 © JAXA (2018) All rights reserved
Map produced by USGS

Damage assessment map of Kīlauea Volcano and the lower east rift zone

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 14/05/2018

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2018) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by USGS

Damage assessment map of Kīlauea Volcano and the lower east rift zone

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 18/05/2018

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2018) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by USGS

Damage assessment map of Kīlauea Volcano and the lower east rift zone

Source: Sentinel-1A
Acquired: 08/05/2018

Copyright: Sentinel-1A © Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2018)
Map produced by USGS

Damage assessment map of Kīlauea Volcano and the upper east rift zone

Source: TerraSAR-X / RADARSAT-2
Acquired: TerraSAR-X : 06/05/2018
RADARSAT-2: 19/05/2018

Copyright: TerraSAR-X © DLR e. V. 2018, Distribution: Airbus DS Geo GmbH
RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © Maxar Technologies Ltd. (2018) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Map produced by USGS

Damage assessment map of Kīlauea Volcano and the upper east rift zone

Source: RADARSAT-2
Acquired: 19/05/2018

Copyright: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © Maxar Technologies Ltd. (2018) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Map produced by USGS

Damage assessment map of Kīlauea Volcano and the upper east rift zone

Source: KOMPSAT-5
Acquired: 19/05/2018

Copyright: KOMPSAT-5 © KARI 2018
Map produced by USGS