Fissure 8 continues its explosive activity

Today's Image of the Day from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) shows the persistent activity of Kilauea's fissure 8, which continues to eject lava at heights of tens to hundreds of feet into the air.

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Today’s Image of the Day from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) shows the persistent activity of Kilauea’s fissure 8, which continues to eject lava at heights of tens to hundreds of feet into the air.

The lava fountains are forming a cone around the fissure that is now around 125 feet high. According to the USGS, the Kilauea volcano has erupted more than 110 million cubic meters of lava since May 3rd, which is enough to fill 45,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools or to cover the island of Manhattan in seven feet of lava.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: U.S. Geological Survey