Explosive Collapse Event at Kīlauea Releases Energy Equivalent to 5.4 Earthquake

July 9, 2018, 9:36 AM HST · Updated July 9, 10:07 AM
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SO2 camera removed from HVO’s summit: For several years, a special ultraviolet camera has been located near Keanakākoʻi Crater at Kīlauea’s summit. The camera was capable of detecting SO2 gas coming from Halema‘uma‘u crater. This morning, the camera was removed because there is very little SO2 to measure these days at the summit. In addition, cracking near Keanakākoʻi Crater was making access difficult.
PC: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory USGS

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that a collapse/explosive event at Kīlauea summit occurred at 9:21 a.m. on Monday, July 9, 2018.

There was no tsunami generated from the seismic event that released energy equivalent to a 5.4 earthquake, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

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The US Geological Survey reports that the quake occurred at a depth of -0.4 km and was located:

  • 4.6 mi ESE of Ohaikea, Hawaiʻi;
  • 24.6 mi WSW of Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaiʻi;
  • 26.2 mi SSW of Hilo, Hawaiʻi;
  • 49.2 mi ESE of Kailua-Kona, Hawaiʻi; and
  • 212.1 mi SE of Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.
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