Lava, Snow & Earthquakes on the Big Island

Published: Sep. 15, 2011 at 12:29 PM HST|Updated: Sep. 16, 2011 at 12:57 AM HST
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Source: USGS
Source: USGS
Source: USGS
Source: USGS

BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Lava, snow and two earthquakes all happened overnight on the Big Island of Hawaii.

While the temperature was 77 degrees this morning in Hilo, it was cold enough to snow up on Mauna Kea. Just after sunrise you could see a thin layer of snow that dusted the Mauna Kea observatories.

The snow quickly melted away in the early morning sunlight.

The low last night on Mauna Kea was about 30 degrees. The high Thursday 40 degrees.

While over in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park lava was bubbling up.

Scientists say the lava lake level was rising as inflation progressed at Kilauea's summit vent.

In the east rift zone, lava erupting in Pu`u `O`o overflowed the east and west rims of the crater and advanced up to a few hundred meters downslope.

Scientists say almost all of the erupting lava is confined to craters within Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, the exception being small flows on Pu`u `O`o's east and west flanks.

None of the lava poses a direct hazard to any developed areas.

Then two earhquakes shook the big island this monring.

The first was at 5:06 a.m.near Kilauea Volcano.

The 3.2 magnitude quake happened about 26 miles south south-west of Hilo at a depth of 5.7 miles.

The second a 3.5-magnitude quake hit around 9:40 a.m., 16 miles northeast of Waimea.

The epicenter was 17.6 miles deep. 

There are no reports of damage.

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