(BIVN) – According to a Hawaii County Civil Defense message, eruptive activity remains minimal at Kilauea Summit and at the lower east rift zone from fissure 8 this morning. “Seismic activity at the summit is low with few earthquakes,” civil defense reported. “Field crews overnight report a lava pond confined to fissure 8. HVO continues to monitor Kilauea for possible signs of reactivation.”
“The significance of this change is not yet clear and hazardous conditions remain in the area,” the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory repeated in a Tuesday update. “HVO field crews and the UAS team will monitor activity throughout the day and overnight. It is common for eruptions to wax and wane or pause completely. A return to high levels of lava discharge or new outbreaks in the area of active fissures could occur at any time.”
“Do not access the flow field due to extreme hazard,” civil defense warned. “Lava eruption could resume at any time. Motorists on Highway 11 between the 28 and 32 mile marker are advised to stay on the pavement, be alert for changes in road conditions, and drive with caution.”
The Disaster Recovery Center, located at the Pahoa Community Center is closed today due to Hurricane Hector.
Gas measurements of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō plume taken on Monday and Tuesday morning indicated a reduced SO2 emission rate lower than the measurement last Friday and similar to what has been observed over the past three months, USGS reported Tyesday. No active lava was observed in the crater on an overflight on August 6th