(BIVN) – No significant changes were observed during recent overflights of the Lower East Rift Zone.
Kīlauea Volcano is not erupting. On Friday, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory posted photos taken on November 6 and 7 of the (currently) silent volcanic features.
In the East Rift Zone, scientists say tiltmeters near Puʻu ʻŌʻō and farther east continue to record an inflationary trend, consistent with refilling of the middle East Rift Zone. Low seismicity and reduced gas emissions do not indicate that the magma is shallow, USGS says.
According to a recent Volcanic Activity Update:
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions across Kīlauea remain drastically reduced, with a combined rate of less than 300 tonnes/day. Small amounts of hydrogen sulfide gas (H2S) are being released in cooler, wetter volcanic environments, and from decaying vegetation and other organic matter. The human nose is extremely sensitive to the “rotten egg” smell of H2S; some people can detect this gas at less than 0.001 parts per million. Residents have reported smelling H2S downwind of Kīlauea, but these concentrations are well below hazardous levels.
Although Kīlauea is at an ADVISORY alert level, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory warns:
Hazards are still present in the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) eruption area and at the Kīlauea summit. Residents and visitors near recently active fissures and lava flows should stay informed, heed Hawaii County Civil Defense and National Park warnings, and be prepared, if necessary, to self-evacuate in the unlikely event of renewed activity. Please note that Hawaii County maintains a closure of the entire flow field and the vents and prohibits access to the area unless authorized through Civil Defense.