(BIVN) – The summit eruption of Kīlauea Volcano continues, and the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory recently provided updated maps and images of the activity.
During a helicopter overflight on June 17, scientists gathered imagery and data of the eruption within Halemaʻumaʻu crater. All recent lava activity has been confined to the crater, USGS reportes, and current data indicate that this scenario is likely to continue.
From Wednesday’s update from the USGS:
Halemaʻumaʻu Lava Lake Observations: Eruption of lava from the Halemaʻumaʻu western vent into the active lava lake, and ooze-outs onto the crater floor, have continued over the past 24 hours. Lava ooze-out activity has continued along the eastern and southern edges of the crater floor. Overflight measurements on June 17, 2022, indicated that the crater floor had seen a total rise of about 120 meters (394 feet) and that 93 million cubic meters (24 billion gallons) of lava had been effused since the beginning of this eruption on September 29, 2021.
Summit Observations: Summit tiltmeters recorded slight inflation over the past 24 hours. A sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission rate of approximately 2,300 tonnes per day (t/d) was measured on June 21, 2022.
East Rift Zone Observations: No unusual activity has been noted along the East Rift Zone or Southwest Rift Zone; steady rates of ground deformation and seismicity continue along both. No tremor episodes were observed over the past 24 hours. 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.
Scientists say lava is presently visible from three public visitor overlooks in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park: Keanakāko‘i Overlook and Kūpina‘i Pali, or Waldron Ledge, where the eruptive vent and lava lake can be seen. From Kīlauea Overlook, viewers can also see lava ooze-outs in the southeast part of the crater.