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8/12/2008

Lava flow resumes at Kilauea vent

Hawaii, USA
Kilauea has started up again and lava is flowing from the Thanksgiving Eve Breakout vent. After a pause for several days without any lava activity on the surface of Kilauea, scientists Sunday reported a small surface flow moving northward and lava was once again reoccupying the tube system. However, no lava was flowing into the ocean. The paused flow indicates that the eruption, which began Jan. 3, 1983, and over the last several months delivered spectacular lava flow into the ocean at Waikupanaha, had shut down. Lava from the TEB vent, just inside the eastern border of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, had been flowing down the mountain, through the beleaguered Royal Gardens subdivision and eventually into the ocean at numerous places along the shoreline.

INDONESIA - Mt Anak Krakatau in the Sunda strait had 120 eruptions and quakes throughout Monday, prompting the Volcanological and Geological Disaster Mitigation Centger to declare the volcano and its surroundings in level-2 alert status. "Even now the volcano is still spewing red-hot lava and thick smoke." However, the frequency of the eruptions and quakes had been declining compared to those in the last two days.
Image:
Satellite view of Anak Krakatau and surrounding islands in Indonesia. NASA Earth Observatory.
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