(BIVN) – Kīlauea volcano is not erupting, however the summit is currently exhibiting signs of heightened unrest.
The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory recently gathered new imagery of the summit area during a routine monitoring overflight, and posted the photos to its website. A new thermal map was also produced using the data gathered during the flight.
From the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Wednesday:
Activity Summary: Kīlauea volcano is not erupting. Kīlauea summit is currently exhibiting signs of heightened unrest. Summit seismicity remains elevated. No unusual activity has been noted along Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone or Southwest Rift Zone.
Halemaʻumaʻu Lava Lake Observations: No active lava has been observed over the past day. A live-stream video of the crater is available at (YouTube).
Summit Observations: Over the past day, summit tiltmeters recorded little change in tilt, potentially indicating a short pause in deformation. However, earthquake rates remain elevated beneath Kīlauea summit and Nāmakanipaio, with 73 events over the past day. Overall, both deformation and seismicity rates have been high; elevated beyond the rates observed preceding the January 5, 2023 summit eruption. Most of the earthquakes have been smaller than magnitude-2 and not reported felt. The most recent sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission rate of approximately 151 tonnes per day was measured on May 16, 2023.
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. Measurements from continuous gas monitoring stations in the middle East Rift Zone—the site of 1983–2018 eruptive activity—remain below detection limits for SO2.