K?lauea Volcano: How Long Will Current Eruption Last? | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

K?lauea Volcano: How Long Will Current Eruption Last?

A U.S. Geological Survey report to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on June 29, 2018, addressed time frames of activity for K?lauea Volcano’s summit and Lower East Rift Zone (LERZ).

The question of how long this current might this last is of concern to everyone—especially, of course, Big Island residents in the line of Pele’s fire, those affected by the regularly exploding summit and residents and visitors suffering from the effects of volcanic gases and ash.

The report explains that the continuing deflation of K?lauea’s summit storage system is occurring in response to the release of magma to the LERZ at a higher rate than the reservoir is being resupplied from its deep mantle source.

If summit magma is predominantly feeding eruptive activity in the LERZ rather than filling storage space in the crater, then summit activity could cease soon after the LERZ eruption ends.

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