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Kilauea Summit Update – 8/7/15

August 7, 2015, 1:29 PM HST
* Updated August 7, 2:02 PM
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As of Friday morning, an abrupt deflationary trend recorded by tiltmeters at the summit of Kilauea on Thursday began to slow.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the lava lake within the Overlook crater has lowered by several yards as with the onset of the deflationary tilt.

Seismicity both at Kilauea’s summit and at Puʻu ʻŌʻō remain at low background levels.

At Puʻu ʻŌʻō, HVO reports that web images have shown on changed in the incandescent crater vents.

Observation of the June 27, 2014 lava flow conducted through webcam images show that activity has continued on the flow field. Three active areas northeast and east of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō vent are currently active.

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Aug. 6:   Because of Tropical Storm Guillermo passing to the north of the state, winds have been blowing in from the south, creating voggy conditions in east Hawai'i. Smoke rises from the northeastern distal tip, approximately 5 miles from the vent.    Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6: Because of Tropical Storm Guillermo passing to the north of the state, winds have been blowing in from the south, creating voggy conditions in east Hawai’i. Smoke rises from the northeastern distal tip, approximately 5 miles from the vent. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6: Lava consumes chia trees at the distal tip of the flow, approximately 5 miles from the vent.   Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6: Lava consumes chia trees at the distal tip of the flow, approximately 5 miles from the vent. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6:  Because of Tropical Storm Guillermo passing to the north of the state, winds have been blowing in from the south, creating voggy conditions in east Hawaii. Smoke rises from the northeastern distal tip, approximately 5 miles from the vent.    Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6: Because of Tropical Storm Guillermo passing to the north of the state, winds have been blowing in from the south, creating voggy conditions in east Hawaii. Smoke rises from the northeastern distal tip, approximately 5 miles from the vent. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6: Eruptive activity continues on Kilauea's east rift zone.  Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6: Eruptive activity continues on Kilauea’s east rift zone. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6: Eruptive activity continues on Kilauea's east rift zone. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6: Eruptive activity continues on Kilauea’s east rift zone. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6: Eruptive activity continues on Kilauea's east rift zone. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6: Eruptive activity continues on Kilauea’s east rift zone. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6: Eruptive activity continues on Kilauea's east rift zone. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6: Eruptive activity continues on Kilauea’s east rift zone. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6: Eruptive activity continues on Kilauea's east rift zone. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6: Eruptive activity continues on Kilauea’s east rift zone. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6: Eruptive activity continues on Kilauea's east rift zone. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6: Eruptive activity continues on Kilauea’s east rift zone. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6:  With the winds blowing from the south, we had the rare opportunity to fly directly over the collapse pit within Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater.  Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6: With the winds blowing from the south, we had the rare opportunity to fly directly over the collapse pit within Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6: With the winds blowing from the south, we had the rare opportunity to fly directly over the collapse pit within Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater, and watch the lava pond consume hardened plates of its cooled surface in the subduction zone along its edge.  Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6: With the winds blowing from the south, we had the rare opportunity to fly directly over the collapse pit within Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater, and watch the lava pond consume hardened plates of its cooled surface in the subduction zone along its edge. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6:  With the winds blowing from the south, we had the rare opportunity to fly directly over the collapse pit within Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater, and watch the lava pond consume hardened plates of its cooled surface in the subduction zone along its edge.  Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6: With the winds blowing from the south, we had the rare opportunity to fly directly over the collapse pit within Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater, and watch the lava pond consume hardened plates of its cooled surface in the subduction zone along its edge. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6:  Lava spills into a pit, more than likely a collapsed lava tube, filling it quickly and consuming trees that stand in its way.  Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Aug. 6: Lava spills into a pit, more than likely a collapsed lava tube, filling it quickly and consuming trees that stand in its way. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

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