River of lava from fissure 8
Today’s Image of the Day from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) shows the river of lava released by fissure 8 as it continues to flow through a well-established channel of scorched Earth. The river extends about eight miles from the lower east rift zone near Leilani Estates to the ocean entry point at Kapoho Bay.
Scientists at the USGS are reporting that there is no way to accurately measure how much more magma is hidden under the volcano’s summit, but they estimate that it is around 100 times more than the flow which has emerged from fissure 8 thus far. According to the experts, it could take years for the summit to be completely emptied at the current rate. However, this scenario is unlikely considering that Kilauea must maintain pressure to continue to pump magma to the surface.
Image Credit: U.S. Geological Survey