(BIVN) – The eruption continues at the summit of Kīlauea, with all activity confined to Halemaʻumaʻu crater inside Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Scientists say no significant changes have been observed at the summit or in either rift zone, and the current Volcano Alert Level remains at WATCH.
A new set of maps were recently produced by the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory using data gathered during an October 5 Unoccupied Aircraft System (UAS) flight.
Scientists say they compare the detailed topographic maps constructed from routine overflights to monitor the effusion rate of lava into the summit crater. In the past, these overflights have been done using helicopters.
Scientists note that between September 12 and October 5, 2022, “there was a net decrease in the volume within Halema‘uma‘u, likely due to the lake draining and a nearby intrusion on September 20, 2022.”
The USGS says the crater floor has seen “a total rise of about 143 meters (469 feet), and that 111 million cubic meters (29.2 billion gallons) of lava had been effused since the beginning of this eruption on September 29, 2021.”
The USGS says it needs special use permits from the National Park Service to conduct official UAS missions, and notes that, otherwise, “launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is prohibited under 36 CFR Closures & Public Use.”