Firehose Activity Briefly Returns to Kamokuna Ocean Entry

Firehose activity returned to Kilauea Volcano’s Kamokuna ocean entry for a brief period of time on Sunday.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that for a less than 10 minute time period, beginning 11:39 a.m., the firehose activity began to spew.

A United States Geological Survey time-lapse camera, which takes a photo every five minutes, captured the featured image of the firehose before it was quickly replaced by a lava channel on the delta.

According to HVO officials, the cause of the short-lived firehose activity was likely the result of a failure of the 61g tube casing where it exits the old sea cliff.
As of Tuesday morning, no significant change has been observed at Kilauea Volcano as it continues to erupt at the summit and at Puʻuʻōʻō vent on the East Rift Zone. The episode 61g lava flow from Puʻuʻōʻō continues to enter the ocean at Kamokuna. In addition, surface flows are active above the pali, but pose no threat to nearby communities.

HVO reports that the summit lava lake surface is about 28 m (92 ft) below the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu and there have been no significant changes in seismicity levels or ground deformation trends across the volcano.