Friday, February 15, 2008

Hawaii Volcano Activity

Kilauea Volcano is really acting up right now. There aren't a lot of updates for us here in Hilo. Since the Volcanoes National Park visitor alert for hazardous fumes on 2/8 we have only had cryptic daily updates from the USGS which mentions that the sulfur dioxide concentrations at the summit are increasing and the Pu'u 'O'o vent is dangerous. The CAM of the Pu'u O'o vent today showed near zero visibility presumably due to the gases and ash being spewed. The Big Island earthquake activity has picked up as well. And finally, there is some fairly significant activity with the Tiltmeter for the northwest rim of Kilauea's caldera and the Pu'u 'O'o cone on the northwest flank of the active vent.
In Hilo today, we are finding our throats sore and near the mall is smells like rotten eggs. All these signs may point to an impending eruption.

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