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Kilauea Summit Update – 6/24/15

June 24, 2015, 10:59 AM HST
* Updated June 24, 11:01 AM
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Kilauea’s summit continues to inflate, according to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. The activity is the latest in the deflation-inflation event that officials say is in realms of typical Kilauea summit behavior.

HVO says the lava lake within the Overlook crater rose slowly over the past day in connection to the inflation. On Tuesday afternoon, officials report that a dramatic, and brief, reversal in circulation occurred within the lava lake. As a result of the circulation reversal, the lava lake level dropped. Overnight, the lake rose to about 131 feet below the new Overlook crater rim.

Below Kilauea’s summit seismic activity remains at background levels. Seismic tremor associated with periods of vigorous spattering within the Overlook crater came in bursts over the past day.

Slight seismic tremor was recorded at Puʻu ʻŌʻō, however, HVO says the overall rates remain at background levels. No significant changes in tilt have been recorded by Puʻu ʻŌʻō tiltmeters.

HVO continues to monitor the June 27 lava flow through webcam imagery, which shows active lava extending up to 5 miles to the northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

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