(ABOVE) USGS photo shows five different flows visible on Mauna Loa’s Northeast Rift Zone.
10:45 a.m. | Kilauea Volcano
KILAUEA VOLCANO – Seismic activity has returned to background levels, following a small swarm – associated with a “slow slip event” – near Apua Point. Eruptions continue at Kīlauea Volcano’s summit and in its East Rift Zone at Puʻu ʻŌʻō.
“Summit Observations: Summit tilt fluctuated over the past day, with deflationary tilt switching to inflationary tilt yesterday around 4pm. The lava lake level fluctuated with these tilt changes as well as with changes in spattering activity. This morning the lake was roughly 65 m (210 ft) below the Overlook crater rim. Summit sulfur dioxide emission rates ranged from 780 to 6000 metric tons per day during the 2-week period ending October 13.
Puʻu ʻŌʻō Observations: Webcams show no significant change in eruptive activity at Puʻu ʻŌʻō. There was no significant change in tilt over the past day. The sulfur dioxide emission rate from all East Rift Zone vents was about 300 metric tons per day when measurements were last possible on October 2, 2015. Seismic activity has returned to background levels.”USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Oct. 18, 2015
The June 27th lava flow continues to be active and is not currently threatening any communities.
SOURCE: Recent Kilauea Status Reports
FEATURE | Volcano Watch
10/15 | Mauna Loa Update
MAUNA LOA VOLCANO – Mauna Loa is not erupting. On September 17, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory elevated the Volcano Alert Level and Aviation Color Code for Mauna Loa to ADVISORY/YELLOW based on long-term trends in both earthquake and deformation monitoring data. A new update was posted on October 15.
“The seismicity rate is elevated above background, though at a lower weekly rate than reported in mid- to late-summer. Earthquakes occurred beneath Mauna Loa’s upper Southwest Rift Zone at depths less than 13 km (8 miles). Deformation data are still consistent with inflation of magma reservoirs beneath Mauna Loa’s summit and upper Southwest Rift Zone.”USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Oct. 15, 2015
SOURCE: Recent Mauna Loa Status Reports
10/15 | HVNP Campground Closure
HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK – Due to falling tree hazards, Nāmakanipaio cabins and campground at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park have been closed pending further evaluation. Recent heavy rain and strong winds contributed to the downing of the large eucalyptus trees.
“We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause for park visitors and the community who enjoy Nāmakanipaio,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “Safety is our number one priority in the park, and we do not want anyone to get hurt.”National Park Service
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