County shuts down lava viewing area, HVO continues to monitor activity

  • Ash covers the the lens of a web camera positioned on the north rim of Puʻu ʻOʻp, looking into the crater, on Tuesday morning. (HVO/Special to West Hawaii Today)
  • A collapse of the Puʻu ʻOʻo crater floor Monday afternoon on Kilauea Volcano’s East Rift Zone has prompted increases in seismicity and deformation along a large section of the rift zone, with earthquakes currently occurring as far east as Highway 130 in Puna. (USGS/Special to West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists say they have found no evidence of steaming or ground cracks on the lower East Rift Zone Tuesday morning following increasing earthquake activity in the wake of a collapse of the Puʻu ʻOʻo crater floor Monday afternoon.