USGS HVO Press Release - Earthquake Swarm Rocks Upper East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano

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A swarm of shallow earthquakes began on Kīlauea's upper east rift zone at 1342 this afternoon.

The swarm is centered near Pauahi Crater. Tiltmeters just east of Pauahi and at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō are both recording changes related to the swarm, as are tiltmeters at Kīlauea's summit. To the time of writing at 1530, observers near Pauahi report nothing unusual except that the ground is frequently shaking. As a precautionary move, the National Park has closed the Chain of Craters Road to all visitors. We will update this release if new developments take place.

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

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