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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update Aug. 27

(Activity updates are written by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.) 

Lava continues to erupt from the TEB vent on Kilauea’s east rift zone and flow through tubes to the ocean at Waikupanaha. 

After weeks without active surface flows, a small lava breakout from the tube near the top of the Royal Gardens subdivision started on Wednesday. The breakout was still active Thursday, the day of this writing, but had not progressed very far down the eastern margin of the TEB flow field. 

Faint glow above the vent at Kilauea’s summit remains visible at night, and an incandescent hole has been seen on the floor of the vent after dark in the Halemaumau Overlook Web cam. Volcanic gas emissions remain elevated, resulting in high concentrations of sulfur dioxide downwind. 

One earthquake was reported felt this last week. 

A magnitude-3.2 earthquake occurred at 6:16 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31, and was located 29 miles NNE of  Kahakuloa, Maui, at a depth of 17.2 miles. 

Visit the HVO Web site ( for detailed Kilauea and Mauna Loa activity updates, recent volcano photos, recent earthquakes, and more; call 967-8862 for a Kilauea summary; email questions to

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