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Kilauea Summit Update – 7/24/15

July 24, 2015, 10:50 AM HST
* Updated July 24, 10:52 AM
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Following days of deflationary tilt, Kilauea summit began to show inflation as part of its current DI event on Thursday.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that along with the change in tilt, the lava lake within the Overlook crater has fluctuated slightly. However, no reports of major lake rise has been reported.

Seismic activity below the summit of Kilauea remains at background levels. HVO has reported several small earthquakes below the summit, in addition to a few across the south flank of Kilauea.

Puʻu ʻŌʻō has not seen any changes in activity as the incandescent outgassing vents within the crater remain. Seismicity has continued at background levels.

HVO conducted an overflight of the June 27, 2014 lava flow on Thursday. During the flight, HVO reports observation of a decrease in activity. It is believed that the decrease could have been in connection with the recent summit deflation. Breakouts were spread out about 2.5 to 5 miles to the northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

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July 23: The distal tip, with Pu‘u ‘O‘o in the background.  Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

July 23: The distal tip, with Pu‘u ‘O‘o in the background. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

 July 23: The distal tip of the flow smokes in the distance (upper middle of the frame), as a fresh breakout in the foreground makes progress over a recent flow.  Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

July 23: The distal tip of the flow smokes in the distance (upper middle of the frame), as a fresh breakout in the foreground makes progress over a recent flow. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

July 23, 2015: The eastern branch of the flow, roughly 5 miles from Pu‘u ‘O‘o. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

July 23, 2015: The eastern branch of the flow, roughly 5 miles from Pu‘u ‘O‘o. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

July 23: A lobe of lava begins consuming toppled trees lying on a recent flow.  Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

July 23: A lobe of lava begins consuming toppled trees lying on a recent flow. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

July 23:  The recently cooled crust of a flow pops open, releasing the building pressure of molten lava.  Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

July 23: The recently cooled crust of a flow pops open, releasing the building pressure of molten lava. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

July 23:   A lobe of lava extends over a previous flow, and begins consuming trees along the perimeter.  Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

July 23: A lobe of lava extends over a previous flow and begins consuming trees along the perimeter. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

July 23: A fresh breakout of lava pushes into a forest, consuming ‘ohia and hapu‘u.  Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

July 23: A fresh breakout of lava pushes into a forest, consuming ‘ohia and hapu‘u. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

July 23:   Lava creeps into the bordering forest along the northern perimeter, roughly 2 miles from Pu‘u ‘O‘o.  Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

July 23: Lava creeps into the bordering forest along the northern perimeter, roughly 2 miles from Pu‘u ‘O‘o. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

July 23:   A little river of lava fills a low spot on the flow field.  Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

July 23: A little river of lava fills a low spot on the flow field. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

July 23:  Pressure builds under the hardened crust and molten lava begins cracking and oozing from beneath.  Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

July 23: Pressure builds under the hardened crust and molten lava begins cracking and oozing from beneath. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

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