Fissure 8 cone about same height as Aloha Tower

  • Fountains from the fissure 8 spatter cone continue to supply lava to an open channel. The spatter cone on Saturday was about 180 feet at its highest point. (U.S. Geological Survey/Special to West Hawaii Today)
  • This July 15, 2009, file photo shows the Aloha Tower, an iconic 10-story building at Aloha Tower Marketplace in Honolulu. U.S. Geological Survey scientists said Monday that the cone is 180 feet high at its tallest point. Aloha Tower reaches 184 feet. Lucy Pemoni, File/AP Photo)

HONOLULU — The fissure from which lava has been erupting in a residential neighborhood for the past two months has built a cone that’s now about the height of Aloha Tower, an iconic 10-story building in Honolulu.

U.S. Geological Survey scientists said Monday the cone is 180 feet at its tallest point. Honolulu Harbor’s Aloha Tower reaches 184 feet.

The cone developed from the most active of the two dozen vents Kilauea volcano opened in and around the Leilani Estates neighborhood on Hawaii Island.

Scientists call it fissure 8 because it was the eighth vent to open during the eruption. It’s feeding a river of lava that’s flowing 8 miles downhill to the ocean.

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