Features By HVO geologist Carolyn Parcheta Special to West Hawaii Today | Friday, September 27, 2019, 12:05 a.m. Share this story On May 10, 2018, Highway 130 (shown here) was newly cracked with steam coming up from the east side of the road due to the dike (tabular body of magma) that intruded Kilauea’s lower East Rift Zone. The two orange and white road markers are on slightly uplifted areas of the highway, which are about 100 m (330 ft) apart. Half way between the uplifted areas, the road is sagging, a result of the magma intrusion beneath the highway. (USGS photo by C. Parcheta.) HILO — Even though Kilauea Volcano’s Lower East Rift Zone eruption has been over for about a year, steam continues to appear in new places or reappear in old places, and vegetation continues to die because of lingering heat and steam in areas of the 2018 fissures. Some residents are concerned about continuing — or potentially new — volcanic activity in the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) because they are feeling, seeing, and smelling the heat, steam, and odors that remain in the area. In fact, the most common questions USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO)… Read full this story
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