Kilauea puts on a show

The world's most active volcano is showing off again.

There were two small explosions this week at Kilauea's Halemaumau fuming vent, accompanied by a spectacular fountain of lava within the Royal Gardens subdivision.

Sulfur dioxide spewing from Puu Oo was measured at 4,800 tons a day, dramatically above normal.

The Royal Gardens subdivision has been inundated by lava flows since the eruption began in 1983. The most recent surface breakout occurred in February.

The small explosions at the fuming vent shot out rock ash and a spectacular red flame flashing across the vent, according to witnesses.

On July 7, several earthquakes were registered on observatory instruments.

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