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Lava flows continue to burn through forest

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:38 a.m. HST, Nov 24, 2013

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory cameras tracking the Kahaualea 2 lava flow at the middle east rift zone of Kilauea volcano revealed small scattered breakouts burning forest areas near the northern-most branch of the flow.

The flow, which started in May, is being fed by the a spatter cone on the floor of Puu Oo crater. The tip of the flow continues to move northward, probably following an older lava channel, according to the observatory.

At the summit, tiltmeters recorded the latest switch from deflation to inflation at the summit lava lake, located within a cylindrical vent cavity set within the east wall and floor of Halemaumau Crater.

The lava lake level began to rise early Saturday morning. Inflation typically correlates with increased lava flow activity.

The observatory noted that gas emissions remained elevated and that seismic tremor levels were low and variable from Friday to Saturday.

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