Kilauea alert level lowered

This zoomed-in view of the erupting western fissure in Halema‘uma‘u shows lava fountaining activity Monday morning. The fountains built a C-shaped spatter rampart around their source that was later Monday submerged in the rising lava lake. Using a laser rangefinder, HVO field crews measured the spatter rampart at 66 feet above the surrounding lava lake surface. (USGS photo by M. Zoeller/Special to West Hawaii Today)

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Monday lowered Kilauea volcano’s alert level, noting less vigorous lava fountaining, reduced emissions and no indication of activity migrating outside the summit caldera.