Eruptive display draws new crowds to Kilauea

By Gary T. Kubota

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 08, 2011

COURTESY M. PATRICK / USGS
A fissure between Puu Oo Crater and Napau opened early Sunday, releasing fountains of lava.
COURTESY HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY
A fissure eruption at Kilauea Volcano that began on Saturday continued yesterday with “vigorous spattering,” the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported. The spectacular display has drawn more visitors to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Kilauea Volcano kept up its latest fireworks display yesterday with no sign of abating — much to the delight of a new wave of visitors.

The fissure eruption that started Saturday continued with “vigorous spattering,” the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported. Meanwhile, 18 small earthquakes rocked the area — 10 near the fountaining fissure, five below the summit and three on the south flank faults.

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