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Kilauea Summit Update – 7/15/15

July 15, 2015, 10:00 AM HST
* Updated July 15, 3:33 PM
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Only slight changes were noted at the summit of Kilauea over the past day as the rapid DI inflation event ended around noon on Tuesday.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory noted in a Wednesday morning update that inflation at Kilauea’s summit continues, but is working at a much slower pace than it was previously.

The lava lake within the Overlook crater was about 157 feet below the rim of the Overlook crater when measured Wednesday.

Seismic activity beneath the summit of Kilauea remains at background levels. A slight amount of discrete events are active and continue both near the summit and on the south flank of Kilauea.

At Puʻu ʻŌʻō, no changes in tilt have occurred in recent weeks. The Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater continues to host several incandescent outgassing vents.

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HVO reports that low background levels of seismicity continue at Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

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Observation of the June 27, 2014 lava flow through webcam imagery provides evidence to HVO scientists that breakouts are scattered in a broad area, beginning about 0.6 miles to 5 miles to the northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. HVO reports that breakouts can be seen as smoke plumes are being produced as the lava enters into the forest.

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