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Kilauea Summit Update – 6/17/15

June 17, 2015, 9:55 AM HST
* Updated June 17, 10:05 AM
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Inflation that began at Kilauea’s summit on Tuesday morning continues to be recorded by tiltmeters in the area, according to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

The lava lake within the Overlook crater, as a result of the continued inflation, has risen by an additional 32-50 feet over the past day. HVO reports the lava lake is currently about 115-130 feet below the current floor of Halema’uma’u.

In addition, the episodic bursts of seismic tremor that have occurred in the area continue. The bursts are associated with periods of vigorous spattering within the Overlook vent.

Seismic rates both below the summit of Kilauea and Puʻu ʻŌʻō have consistently remained at background levels.

At Puʻu ʻŌʻō, HVO reports no significant changes in tilt.

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Monitoring through webcam images provides stable proof to HVO scientists that lava is active from breakouts that extend about 5 miles to the northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

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