Activity for 2/7-2/8:
At the summit, at Halema`uma`u crater there was lava spattering in at least two places in the bottom of the crater, and the lava level was rising. The amount of sulfur dioxide gas leaving the vent is still elevated compared to the 2003-2007 average amount. GPS receivers recorded expansion at the Halema`uma`u crater. Seismic tremors increased at 9 PM last night and then decreased. There was a normal amount of smaller earthquakes that occurred. There were five earthquakes beneath Kilauea that were able to be located.
At the Pu`u`O`o crater there was an increase in seismic tremors, and the tremor level was constant at the TEB vents. GPS receivers recorded expansion of the rock at the Pu`u`O`o crater.The number of small earthquakes were within normal ranges. Scientists were able to map out a pahoehoe lava flow from the TEB vent, and they discovered that it had moved 700 meters in the last five days.
Kilauea is currently erupting, and is a very active volcano. Click here to read about the activity at nearby volcano Mauna Loa. After you have read about the current activity at Mauna Loa and about the current activity at Kilauea mentioned in this post, respond to this post by comparing and contrasting the current activity at these two volcanoes.