(BIVN) – Things remain quiet on the lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano.
During a recent visit to the site of the 2018 eruption in Leilani Estates, small amounts of steam could still be seen emanating from parts of Fissure 8, which stopped erupting lava in September 2018.
Rates of seismicity, deformation, and gas emissions have not changed significantly over the past week, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said in a March 5 activity update. The weekly report stated:
This past week saw no significant change in volcanic activity. Low rates of seismicity continue across the volcano, with earthquakes occurring primarily in the summit and south flank regions. GPS stations and tiltmeters continue to show motions consistent with refilling of the deep East Rift Zone magma reservoir. Sulfur dioxide emission rates from the summit and from Puʻu ʻŌʻō remain low. These rates have been steady over the past several weeks.
Hazards still remain in the lower East Rift Zone eruption area and at the Kīlauea summit, the scientists continue to say. “Residents and visitors near the 2018 fissures, lava flows, and summit collapse area should heed Hawaii County Civil Defense and National Park warnings. Please note that Hawaii County maintains a closure of the entire lava flow field and eruptive vents, prohibiting access unless authorized through Civil Defense,” USGS says.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to closely monitor Kīlauea’s seismicity, deformation, and gas emissions for any sign of increased activity, while maintaining visual surveillance of the volcano with web cameras and occasional field visits.