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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for week of Sept. 10

(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. A lava breakout from the tube near the top of the Royal Gardens subdivision has been active sporadically since early in the week. The flows are mostly staying close to the breakout point and are building a broad shield-shaped mound of lava.

Faint glow above the vent at Kilauea’s summit has been visible at night. Early this morning, a small explosive eruption ejected juvenile and lithic tephra onto the rim of Halemaumau above the vent. Volcanic gas emissions remain elevated, resulting in high concentrations of sulfur dioxide downwind. 

No earthquakes beneath Hawaii Island were reported felt this past week.

Visit the HVO Website ( 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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