Eruptive activity continues at Kilauea Volcano’s summit and East Rift Zone. Seismic activity and deformation rates throughout the volcano are within background levels. Scattered lava flow activity continues on the June 27th lava flow field within about 6 km (4 mi) northeast of Pu’u ‘O’o. These flows currently pose no threat to nearby communities.
The lava lake remains active and circulating within Halema’uma’u Overlook crater. Seismic tremor levels have been variable but within background values. Over the past 24 hours, slow inflationary tilt has resumed at the summit. The surface of the lava lake was 74.5 m or 244 ft below the Halema’uma’u Crater floor late yesterday afternoon. The summit sulfur dioxide 24-hr average emission rate averaged 2300 metric tons/day over the period December 2 – 21.
Pu’u ‘O’o Observations:
Webcam images show persistent glow sources within the crater and high on the northeast rim. Seismic activity remains low. Pu’u ‘O’o tiltmeters recorded very little change in tilt over the past day. The sulfur dioxide emission rate from all East Rift Zone vents was about 260 metric tons/day when it was last measured on December 18.
June 27th Lava Flow Observations:
When not obscured by weather clouds, webcams show continued lava flow activity within the upper June 27th flow field within about 6 km (4 mi) of Pu’u ‘O’o. These flows are not currently threatening any nearby communities.
December 25, 2015.Kilauea, Hawai :
19°25’16 » N 155°17’13 » W,
Summit Elevation 4091 ft (1247 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Source : HVo
Photo : Bruce Omori