Kilauea Summit Update – 6/29/14
It’s been a full year since the June 27, 2014 lava flow first erupted through a vent to the northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, and over three months since the flow last threatened communities. Despite its mum activity, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has consistently reported continued activity in the upper portions of the flow nearest the Puʻu ʻŌʻō vent.
As of Monday morning, HVO reports the activity continues to be monitored through webcam imagery, and it remains active within five miles to the northeast of the vent. Observations also shows clear signs of activity through smoke during daytime hours and a glow in the darkness.
Kilauea’s summit has shown signs of reduced activity. The reduction was first observed Friday when tilt began to stabilize. HVO says the trend continued throughout the weekend. As a result, the lava lake within the Overlook crater has followed suit and begun to stabilize. Currently, the lake is about 148 feet below the rim, showing no change since Friday around midnight.
Seismic activity at the summit of Kilauea remains at background levels. Bursts of seismic tremor that are associated with periods of vigorous spattering continue within the Overlook crater, according to HVO