(BIVN) – The USGS Volcano Alert Level for Kīlauea remains at WATCH, as the summit eruption within Halemaʻumaʻu crater continued over the past 24 hours. All recent activity has been confined to the crater, scientists say, and there are no indications of activity migrating elsewhere on Kīlauea.
From the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory:
Halemaʻumaʻu Lava Lake Observations: Eruption of lava from the western vent into the active lava lake (approximately 2.3% of the crater floor surface) and onto the crater floor continued over the past 24 hours. The active part of the lava lake showed continuous surface activity and the lake level continued to rise slightly. Shortly after 11 pm a surface flow emerged from the south side of the western vent. The flow travelled south on the crater floor and covered the southwestern lake margin with lava. The surface flow continues at this time. Since the beginning of this eruption on September 29, 2021, the crater floor has seen a total rise of about 99 meters (325 feet). The volume of lava effused since the beginning of this eruption was approximately 66 million cubic meters (18 billion gallons) as measured on April 6, 2022.
Summit Observations: Summit tiltmeters continued the inflationary trend until around 3 pm and has remained flat since then. Volcanic tremor remains above background levels levels. A sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission rate of approximately 1,300 tonnes per day (t/d) was measured on April 8, 2022.
Rift Zone Observations: No unusual activity has been noted along the East Rift Zone or Southwest Rift Zone; low rates of ground deformation and seismicity continue along both. Measurements from continuous gas monitoring stations downwind of Puʻuʻōʻō in the middle East Rift Zone remain below detection limits for SO2, indicating that SO2 emissions from Puʻuʻōʻō are negligible.
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says it has special use permits from the National Park Service to conduct the UAS missions as part of its “mission to monitor active volcanoes in Hawaii, assess their hazards, issue warnings, and advance scientific understanding to reduce impacts of volcanic eruptions.”