Kilauea Volcano summit lava lake rises

Kilauea Volcano’s summit lava lake level has risen, U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists reported Tuesday.

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Kilauea Volcano’s summit lava lake level has risen, U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists reported Tuesday.

The lava lake, which also occasionally spatters, producing a gas plume during the day and glow at night, rose to within 128 feet of the Overlook vent within Halemaumau Crater as of Tuesday morning, scientists said. The rise in the lava lake level came amid a period of inflation that began Monday afternoon.

Seismicity rates beneath Kilauea’s summit continued within background values, with some bursts in seismic tremor recorded during periods of vigorous spattering within the vent, scientists said.

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Seismicity rates at the East Rift Zone also remained at normal levels, the scientist said.

At the East Rift Zone eruption site, June 27 lava flows remained active within about 5 miles northeast of Puu Oo.

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