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Lava Lake at Kilauea Summit Nears Rim

April 27, 2015, 10:19 AM HST
* Updated April 27, 10:21 AM
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Inflation continues at Kilauea Volcano’s summit.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported Monday morning that the lava lake at the summit had risen to a distance about 7 feet from the Overlook crater rim, a slight increase from Sunday morning’s level of 13 feet from spilling over.

According to HVO, the summit has accumulated an additional microradian since Sunday, a total of 7.5 microradians since the inflation activity began on Tuesday, April 21.

Officials also say that seismic activity below Kilauea’s summit and the upper Rift Zone of Kilauea remain elevated.

On the north flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, no significant change was recorded since Sunday morning, however, a general trend of inflation has been observed over the past week. On Sunday, the area continued to see weak inflation.


June 27 lava flows continue to remain active and widespread in the area near Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Webcam views of the area, as reported by HVO scientists, show that the most distant activity was seen burning forest in an area about 5 miles northeast of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater.

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