USGS HVO Press Release - Earthquake Felt Island-Wide

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On Monday morning at 7:40 a.m., February 24, a Blue Hawaiian Helicopter tour pilot reported sighting an active lava lake within Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater. 

On Monday morning at 7:40 a.m., February 24, a Blue Hawaiian Helicopter tour pilot reported sighting an active lava lake within Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater. This report was confirmed by an HVO geologist on an overflight of the area later in the morning. This is the first observation of molten rock from Kīlauea since the early morning hours of January 31 when the outbreak at Nāpau Crater ended.

The lava is confined to Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater and is over 200 meters below the lowest section of the rim. No lava was seen in the old tube system to the coast.

Daily updates about ongoing eruptions, recent images and videos of summit and East Rift Zone volcanic activity, maps, and data about recent earthquakes in Hawaii are posted on the HVO website at https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/observatories/hvo

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