OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

The Kilauea Kamoamoa Fissure Eruption

Kilauea

(image credit: USGS, Story from MSNBC)

Kamoamoa, which cracked open Saturday, is continuing to spew out loads of lava and gases. Meanwhile, visitors flock to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park hoping to catch a glimpse of the 2,000-degree Fahrenheit (1,093-degree Celsius) glowing, red-orange lava that is shooting 65 feet (20 meters) high. But visitors are being kept far away from the isolated, remote east zone rift where the eruption is taking place.


March 5, 2011. View looking at the NE end of the actively propagating fissure located between Pu`u `Ō `ō and Napau. Lava is just breaking the surface in foreground crack.

March 5, 2011. View looking at the NE end of the actively propagating fissure located between Pu`u `Ō `ō and Napau.  Lava is just breaking the surface in foreground crack.  (Image and Caption from the HVO)

Erta Ale Images

Tom Pfieffer from Volcano Discovery.com (http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/) has just come back from an expedition to Erta Ale!erta_ale_i39795.jpg

 

He reports that "Erta Ale volcano in Ethiopia recently became very active as we found out on our last expedition, when we stayed on the volcano from 25-28 Nov.

The lava lake in the south crater had largely filled up the crater with and overflows started to invade the caldera, completely reshaping the area!"

To see the images he has posted from this trip, visit: 

http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/photos/erta-ale-dallol/nov10.html

(image credit: Tom Pfeiffer)

3rd ed. of Volcanoes of the World coming in January!

 

The 3rd edition of the Smithsonian’s Volcanoes of the World will be available for distribution in January.   This widely utilized (including lots of VW content!) scientific resource, by Lee Siebert, Tom Simkin, and Paul Kimberly, presents updated information on ten thousand years of volcanic activity on Earth. In the decade and a half since the previous edition was published new studies have refined assessments of the ages of many volcanoes, and several thousand new eruptions have been documented.