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Kilauea Summit Update – 7/22/15

July 22, 2015, 11:14 AM HST
* Updated July 22, 11:23 AM
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Tilt at Kilauea’s summit that began to deflate on Tuesday morning continues into Wednesday, according to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

As of Tuesday morning, HVO reports that the lava lake within the Overlook crater had dropped to about 210 feet below the crater’s rim. The drop followed no change during the prior 48 hours.

Several small collapses in the Overlook crater took place since Tuesday according to HVO. These collapses, HVO reports, are common during deflation and lava level drops and have caused rocks to impact and agitate the lava lake.

HVO reports that seismicity remains at low background levels as small earthquakes below the summit of Kilauea and the Southwest Rift Zone, as well as along the south flank of Kilauea, have occurred.

No changes continue to be reported at Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Several incandescent, outgassing crater vents remains within Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Low background seismic levels continue to be reported.


June 27, 2014 lava flow activity observed through webcams show that breakouts remain scattered in an area between 0.6 and 5 miles to the northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Smoke plumes show the farthest breakouts as they enter the forest along the flow field’s edge.

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