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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for March 26, 2015

Time-lapse movie from images gathered from a temporary thermal camera looking into Pu’u ‘O’o Crater. The temperature scale is in degrees Celsius up to a maximum of 500 Celsius (932 Fahrenheit) for this camera model, and scales based on the maximum and minimum temperatures within the frame. Thick fume, image pixel size and other factors often result in image temperatures being lower than actual surface temperatures. March 19-26, 2015. Images courtesy of USGS/HVO

Time-lapse movie of Halemaumau Overlook Vent. March 19-26, 2015. Images courtesy of USGS/HVO

Time-lapse movie of Halemaumau Crater looking Southwest. March 19-26, 2015. Images courtesy of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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

Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone lava flow continues to feed three areas of breakouts near Puʻu ʻŌʻō. The breakout 6 km (4 mi) northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō was the farthest downslope activity observed on Tuesday, March 24. The lava flow near Pāhoa is no longer active.

There have been no major changes at Kīlauea’s summit vent, which continues to host an active lava lake. The lava lake level continues to fluctuate, with the level rising over the past week. The lava level was 37 m (120 ft) below the rim of the Overlook crater on Thursday, March 26.

There were no earthquakes reported felt on the Island of Hawai‘i during the past week.

Visit the HVO website ( for past Volcano Watch articles, Kīlauea daily eruption updates and other volcano status reports, current volcano photos, recent earthquakes, and more; call (808) 967-8862 for a Kīlauea summary update; email questions to

Time-lapse movie of Pu’u ‘O’o Crater North Flank from the North Rim. March 19-26, 2015. Images courtesy of USGS/HVO

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