(BIVN) – Intrusion of magma into the lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea continues Wednesday, scientists report.
“Overnight, earthquakes continued at a high rate in the area of the rift zone from Highway 130 eastward towards Kapoho,” read a message from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory this morning. “Many events were felt by residents and there have been reports of nearly constant ground vibration in some areas. There is a general trend of migration of seismicity eastward.”
“An outbreak of lava in a new location along the East Rift Zone is possible but not certain,” the USGS message continued. “Based on the location of current seismicity, the region downrift of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, including the area east of Highway 130, remains the most likely location should an outbreak occur.”
The Kua O Ka Lā New Century Public Charter School was closed today as a precautionary measure due to the earthquake activity. Students and families were notified of the closure this morning, the Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission said.
Hawai‘i County Civil Defense and the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continue to advise residents of the Puna District to “remain alert, review individual, family, and business emergency plans, and watch for further information about the status of the volcano.”