Hey guys! In this post I will show some quick data pertaining to an energetic swarm that broke out under Pahala, Hawaii, recent spasmodic tremor, and a deep M4.2 under the Loihi Seamount off the coast of Hawaii. Please click the title of this post or "read more" to continue...
Well, the Big Island of Hawaii never ceases to amaze. Not only are the wildlife and plants abundant in diversity, but so are the volcanoes! Many different aspects of volcanic activity continue to take place under, and on, the Big Island of Hawaii.
Spasmodic tremor continues sporadically, though rates seem to have dropped over the past several weeks. This does occur from time to time and magma continues to pour into the Mauna Loa summit, Kilauea summit, and Kilauea East Rift Zone reservoirs.
There were also two earthquakes I will quickly mention in this post: a very strange M4.5 in Hilo Bay and a M3.2 under Mauna Kea. Also, if you haven't heard, a pond/lake is growing at the bottom of Halema'uma'u Crater inside of Kilauea Caldera. It is not a lava lake, but in fact a lake or pond of water. It was discovered on July 25, 2019 and was originally thought to be rain water. However, recent studies indicate that the pond is constantly growing and that recent rainfall has been minimal. Basically, it appears that groundwater is intruding into the crater, seeing that rainfall has been insufficient to create a constantly growing pond. Regardless, either groundwater or rainfall could be the cause. Either could be true, but the research done by HVO/USGS points more favorably toward groundwater. This could cause explosive eruptions in the near future if certain conditions have been met. And according to USGS/HVO, this type of situation has occurred at Kilauea before.
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This blog is specifically for activity that occurs in Hawaii. In light of 2018's eruptions on the Big Island, I felt it necessary to have a section entirely devoted to events in Hawaii. I now mostly use this blog to update people on volcanic spasmodic tremor which occurs deep within the mantle plume conduit(s) under Pahala, HI. Don't know what spasmodic tremor is? Don't fret! Simply go to the Hawaii menu and click the page about Hawaii Spasmodic Tremor.