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Kilauea Summit Update – 7/16/15

July 16, 2015, 11:59 AM HST
* Updated July 16, 12:01 PM
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Kilauea’s summit continued to inflate over the past 24 hours, causing the lava lake within the Overlook crater to rise. As of Thursday morning, the surface was measured to be about 135 feet below the rim of the crater.

No changes have been observed in the frequency or magnitude of seismicity beneath the summit of Kilauea as it remains at a low background level. According to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, some splattering and discrete events continue and are scattered both around the summit and across the south flank of Kilauea.

During the week ending on July 14, HVO reported that sulfur dioxide emission rates ranged from 2,300 to 4,600 metric tons per day.

At Puʻu ʻŌʻō, no changes in recent activity were observed and several incandescent, outgassing crater vents continue to be hosted within the crater. Seismic activity is at low background levels.

The June 27, 2014 lava flow continues to be observed by HVO through webcam imagery. Images show scattered breakouts from about 0.6 to 5 miles to the northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

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