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
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US Geological Survey on behalf of USGS Hawaii Volcano Observatory / Cascades Volcano Observatory
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 / RADARSAT-2
Acquired: TerraSAR-X : 06/05/2018
Copyright: TerraSAR-X © DLR e. V. 2018, Distribution: Airbus DS Geo GmbH
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Map produced by USGS