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Lava level and crater geometry data during the 2018 lava lake draining at Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaii


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Patrick, M.R., Younger, E.F., and Tollett, W., 2019, Lava level and crater geometry data during the 2018 lava lake draining at Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaii: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


In May 2018, the onset of new eruptive activity on the lower flank of Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaiʻi, accompanied the draining of the lava lake at the summit, 40 km upslope. The lava lake draining lasted over seven days, and transitioned into the largest collapse event at the summit of Kīlauea in over 200 years, with the paired flank and summit activity marking a historic episode in the modern record of Kīlauea. We present two important datasets that characterize draining of the Kīlauea summit lava lake in 2018. First, we present high-precision elevation data of the lava lake surface measured by an industrial laser rangefinder. To our knowledge, this is the highest-precision lava lake elevation data ever collected over a sustained period. [...]


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Matthew R Patrick
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Matthew R Patrick, Edward F Younger, William D. Tollett
Metadata Contact :
Matthew R Patrick
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U.S. Geological Survey
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U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
SDC Data Owner :
Volcano Science Center
USGS Mission Area :
Natural Hazards

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CraterGeometry_3May2018.txt 27.42 MB text/plain
CraterGeometry_8May2018.txt 85.93 MB text/plain
CraterGeometry_9May2018.txt 89.56 MB text/plain
LavaLakeElevationFromContinuousLaserRangefinder_DT1000.txt 15.71 MB text/plain
LavaLakeElevationData_otherpoints.txt 369 Bytes text/plain
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Data were collected in order to characterize the changes to the lava lake at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano during May 2018.


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DOI doi:10.5066/P9MJY24N

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