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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for December 10, 2015


Time-lapse thermal image movie of Halemaumau Overlook Vent. December 3-10, 2015. Images courtesy of USGS/HVO


Time-lapse movie of Halemaumau Overlook Vent. December 3-10, 2015. Images courtesy of USGS/HVO


Time-lapse movie of Halemaumau Crater looking Southwest. December 3-10, 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 continues to erupt at its summit and East Rift Zone. The summit lava lake level varied between about 42 and 62 m (138–203 ft) below the vent rim within Halema‘uma‘u Crater. On the East Rift Zone, scattered lava flow activity remained within about 6 km (4 mi) of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

Mauna Loa is not erupting. The seismicity rate is elevated above background levels, but has not increased over rates observed in recent months. Continuous GPS measurements continue to show deformation consistent with inflation of magma reservoirs beneath Mauna Loa.

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

Please visit the HVO website (hvo.wr.usgs.gov) for past Volcano Watch articles, Kīlauea daily eruption updates, Mauna Loa weekly updates, volcano photos, recent earthquakes info, and more; call for summary updates at 808-967-8862 (Kīlauea) or 808-967-8866 (Mauna Loa); email questions to askHVO@usgs.gov


Time-lapse movie of Pu’u ‘O’o Crater North Flank from the North Rim. December 3-10, 2015. Images courtesy of USGS/HVO

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