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A new Vent System Opens on Kilauea.

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by Erik Klemetti on March 6, 2011, 11:19 AM

The new fissure that opened on March 5, 2011 between Pu`u O`o and Napau Crater on Kilauea. Image courtesy of Hawaii 24/7.

After the collapses at Pu`u O`o and draining of the lava lake at Halema`uma`u yesterday afternoon, it appears we have a new vent system opening on Kilauea. According to news from the Big Island, a new fissure has opened between Pu`u O`o and Napau Crater on the east rift zone – it appears to have started ~2-3 hours after the initial collapse at Pu`u O`o.

This event is interpreted as a new intrusion of magma that then mixed with older magma that drained from the summit rift system, and this conclusion is borne out in the chemistry and mineralogy of the lava erupted at the Napau Crater area during this event

Steam and gases pouring from the Pu`u O`o vent after the floor in the crater collapsed on March 5, 2011. Image courtesy of HVO/USGS.

Be sure to keep an eye on all the Kilauea webcams to see if anything changes (however, there is no webcam for the new activity). You can also check the HVO Kilauea Status page for more updates. Feel free to post any/all updates you find on these new developments in Hawai`i.



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