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Lava fills crater floor at Puu Oo

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:03 p.m. HST, Sep 10, 2011


Activity within Kilauea volcano continued with typical dynamism today as the lava lake at the summit rose and fell and the eruption at Puu Oo remained active with lava possibly overflowing the east rim of the crater.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, eruptive activity continued at Kilauea’s summit vent with the lava lake’s levels rising slowly until midnight then rapidly deflating.

At Puu Oo cone, a torrent of lava that broke out near the northeaster edge of the crater on Friday continued to fill the crater floor. The sbservatory noted that it is likely that some lava overtopped the east rim of the crater but this has not yet been confirmed.

In the lower east rift zone, an earthquake of less than 1.5 magnitude was instrumentally detected.

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